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Expanded Bus Service Could Come to Kent County

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DOVER, Del.- Getting around Kent County is sometimes a challenge if you don't have a car. County officials are working on a transportation plan that could make catching the bus a little more convenient.

Jeffrey Ridenour rides the bus whenever he needs to get around Dover. But he said his friends who live outside the city are not as fortunate.

"I live in the area where I can at least use the bus service during the weekend," he said. "People who live in Harrington, Magnolia, they can't."

That could change with a new transportation plan in Kent County.

"At this point, it's to try and expand fixed routes into certain areas with bus stops and times and additional routes," said Rich Vetter with the Dover/Kent County Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Routes could be added to better connect communities like Dover to Smyrna.

"There's been talk, there's been discussion of a route just on 13 itself that kind of goes from Smyrna to Dover," Vetter said. "It doesn't actually go downtown but it would just be on [Route] 13."

People who ride Dart say, in addition to more routes, buses need to run longer at night.

"DART could make a little more money if they expand the time limit because you have people who need to go to work here and people don't have the money to pay for cabs," said Robert Mclaurin of Dover.

Ridenour said he does not want the county to forget about smaller areas if service is expanded.

"There's a lot of people out in the country area that don't have a vehicle and they have to get a ride in Dover," he said.

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