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DART building new bus shelters in Wilmington

Sep 21, 2018

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.