Officials at the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART) are studying the possibility of adding a bus line that serves Ocean View, looking at potential ridership, as well as areas in town where a bus could safely stop for passengers to board and disembark.
At a DART public hearing and workshop on Thursday, March 5, in Georgetown, planner Tremica Cherry-Wall said there has been discussion with Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck and Ocean View Director of Planning & Zoning Ken Cimino.
“But there is no timeframe for an Ocean View bus right now. We are looking at revamping all of our Sussex County routes,” she said.
Ocean View officials know that if public transportation becomes a reality, they will need land for a park-and-ride facility, but Mayor Walter Curran said the Town is “not going to pay exorbitant prices for any property.”
“We started working on this behind the scenes right about when the time Carol came on the scene. The idea is the traffic in the summertime is bad. There is never any parking in Bethany Beach. There is not a lot of parking where we are here in the summertime.
“We’ve been talking with DelDOT to see if we can get their support for some sort of bus services. I don’t know exactly what it will be, but we’ll consider looking at property for a park-and-ride if the support is there and if the property would be a reasonable price,” he told the Coastal Point this week.
He estimated 3 or 4 acres will be needed and that land will probably cost millions of dollars, but he wouldn’t be more specific.
“We are trying to show DART our plans for getting sidewalks to Atlantic Avenue. We’re in the early stages of thought. Everybody on the council is intrigued. We have a couple spots, in my mind, for a park-and-ride, but nothing has been identified,” Houck said.
Residents commenting on the Town’s latest comprehensive plan have said they’d like to see a town square, possibly incorporated with a park-and-ride.
“It would be a gathering place, something they could be proud of and say, ‘This is Ocean View.’ When you come over the canal, you have a sense of being in a different town and people care about the town they live in,” Houck said.