Changes to DART & Paratransit

In June, 2015, the Delaware Transit Corporation released an updated plan for their transit redesign.   You can read the full document here.  We’ve summarized some of the changes below.

  • Fares will be increased in three stages- on July 1 of 2014, 2015, and 2016.
  • The maximum fare for one-county ADA trips- those which begin or end within ¾ mile of a fixed route- will rise to $3 on July 1, 2014 and to $4 on July 1, 2016.
  • The maximum fare for non-ADA one-county trips- those trips which begin or end more than ¾ mile from a fixed route- will rise from $4 on July 1, 2014 to $6 on July 1, 2016.
  • The implementation of trip negotiation for both ADA and non-ADA trips will be delayed while DTC works with the community to develop alternative travel services.
  • DTC plans to begin offering single-passenger rides in Sussex County in January 2016, at the same fare rate as Paratransit buses
  • This plan includes a statement that all customers, regardless of where their trips are, will continue to receive transportation services.

Delaware currently has the country’s most extensive paratransit service, and many, if not most, adults with disabilities depend on this service to be part of their community and especially to be able to work, which is a significant goal for our state.