The Delaware Transit Corporation will host a public hearing and workshop at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Georgetown Public Library, to present information and accept public comment on proposed changes to statewide bus service. The changes will be effective on Sunday, May 17.
Sussex County schedule times on some routes are proposed to change, to improve on time performance and connections, according to the Delaware Transit Corporation.
There is currently no bus route in the Ocean View area. Last October, Ken Cimino, director of Planning, Zoning & Development for the Town, said local officials were investigating it, though.
“We’re working on it. We’ve reached out to DART First State, under the Delaware Department of Transportation, to see if we can’t be included at least in their seasonal transportation plans,” Cimino said.
“DART has a beach route that runs from May to September. It’s called the Blue Line. It has stops in Rehoboth, Dewey, South Bethany, Bethany, Fenwick and Ocean City. They have stops along Route 1. They stop in Bethany, on Garfield Parkway, so we’re looking to see if they can’t make a right up Route 26 and maybe develop a park-and-ride here in Ocean View to take people to the beach,” Cimino said.
That “Beach Bus” line operates approximately every two hours from 7:45 a.m. to 2:25 a.m.
The Purple Line, between Rehoboth Beach and the Long Neck, Millsboro area, operates 11 daily trips to Millsboro and 10 trips to Rehoboth Beach, from 5:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Cimino said last week that he planned to attend the workshop this week, but that it didn’t mean public transportation for Ocean View is imminent. He also attended a meeting DART held on Feb. 6 concerning the County Transit Working Group, he said.
Other Delaware Transit Corporation workshops were planned for March 3 in Wilmington, March 4 in Dover and March 5 in Middletown. Another is planned for March 10, also in Wilmington.
Each workshop is designed to begin as an open house to review proposed schedules, interact with staff and fill out comment forms, then continue with presentations of proposed service changes and public comments.
Comments from those unable to attend can be sent to DART First State Public Hearing, 119 Lower Beech St., Wilmington, Del., 19805-4440.