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DART building new bus shelters in Wilmington

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media
A crew installs a new shelter at King st. and 9th st. in Wilmington

DART is putting in new bus shelters or replacing old ones on several streets in Wilmington.

New shelters are going in near the intersections of King and 3rd, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 10th streets.

Delaware Transit Corporation CEO John Sisson notes ridership figures long warranted the shelters— but hurdles such as small sidewalks and working with businesses or residences nearby stood in the way.

He says customer feedback to recent service changes in the city pushed DART to overcome those obstacles.

“King St. is probably our busiest corridor in the state,” said Sisson. “They’ve always warranted the bus shelters. But hearing from last December the complaints of our customers, we really put an emphasis on finding a solution.”

Shelters will also be installed on South Market at South Shipley, the old B&O railroad building, and North French at 9th Street.

Officials say the new improvements cost roughly $116,000.

“Hopefully after we get these shelters in we’re going to be rolling out more Real-Time Transit displays, try to get them out to these busy stops as well so our customers have an idea when their buses are coming,” said Sisson.

Planned changes to Orange St. in Wilmington include a new southbound bus lane and ADA-accessible bus stops. This project will leverage over $2 million in federal grants.

Delaware Transit Corporation also plans to break ground on the new Wilmington Transit Center near the train station this fall.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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