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DART Bus Service Could Expand in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- More than 11 million passenger trips are made on DART First State's 63 bus routes in Delaware annually. Those numbers could change if the state expands its service.

But more buses will mean higher fares, double what many riders are paying now. If there are increases Bernadette Hammond says she won't be able to afford to ride DART.

"It's going to affect me because I'm going to have to stop because I'm helping my daughter," she said.

Her daughter Janene Gerardi says there aren't enough changes to service in Kent County to warrant the increase.

"If they're not doing the changes across the whole 3 counties, why does everybody have to pay the increase," she said.

One of the biggest changes Kent County riders will see is that bus service will be extended to 9pm.

"I don't believe senior citizens are gonna be riding the bus that late and that's another of my concern, why should they have to pay the increase in fare when it's not really gonna be affecting them," Gerardi said.

But don't tell that to Anna Henson. "I think it's great as far as with later hours at night, I love it," she said.

Though what Henson really wants is bus service seven days a week. "I'd like to have Sunday, at least I could go to church, right now I can't go to church," Henson said.

If Dart's revised transportation plan goes into effect, the changes will be seen in January.

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