Delaware Transit Corporation, operator of the DART First State bus service, will launch a new Uber-style transit service – DART Connect – on Monday, April 12.
DART Connect is an on-demand service that books a ride with a smartphone app or via a phone call. The service uses smaller buses.
DART Connect will replace the 901 and 902 flex routes in Georgetown and Millsboro.
The service is the first of its kind in Delaware. DTC received a federal grant to pilot this service for 12 months.
The cost of each ride will be $2.
DART Connect will serve Georgetown and Millsboro in Sussex County. The communities were chosen because of their agricultural and manufacturing sectors and rural character, among a number of other key factors.
On-demand transit aims to make it easier for employers to attract a broader employer base and for employees to gain access to better jobs.
Fixed route buses are not always suited to rural areas.
Dart also operates a para-transit bus service for disabled riders.