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Rodney Square coalition seeks federal probe into dismantling of bus hub

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

The Coalition to Keep Bus Service on Rodney Square is asking the U.S. Attorney for Delaware to investigate last year’s dismantling of the downtown Wilmington bus hub.

Members of the coalition announced it made the request during a Department of Transportation budget hearing, and wants to meet with U.S. Attorney David Weiss.

Some of the members are also raising questions about new Wilmington service changes coming next month.

D. Marque Hall said one route change could impact parents visiting patients at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. The new route 28 will run from Wilmington DMV to the hospital - avoiding the heart of the city’s downtown.

“The 28 bus serves the most vulnerable population of people, we’re talking about sick children and their parents that can’t afford private transportation, that need to take them to where it is that they need to get to,” he said.

Coalition members maintain dismantling the Rodney Square bus hub was discriminatory. DelDOT Sec. Jennifer Cohan disputes the accuracy of some of their claims and concerns about the impact the change has had on bus riders.

DART said the revised 28 bus route will provide more direct access between Route 13, 4th St, St. Francis Hospital, Trolley Square and the Children’s Hospital.

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