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DART Considers Eliminating Bus Route Through Dover

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - DART is considering the elimination of one of its bus Routes through the city of Dover. It is the most significant of a number of proposed changes DART wants to make in lower Delaware.

DART would like to get rid of Route 100 which goes through the western part of the city. It's one of just 15 Routes that serve Kent County.

Eric Link waited for the Route 100 bus Thursday afternoon. He said he uses the route a lot.

"Usually whatever one comes first among the 100 and the 101. I pretty much take it to get to and from work," said Link.

He can do that because the 100 and 101 take the same path, just in opposite directions. And Corey Burris, DART customer service manager, said that is part of the reason DART feels it can do without the 100.

"We are proposing to eliminate the Route, but we're not necessarily, um, eliminating service," said Burris.

DART said 100 is the least used route in Kent County. It had just 8,500 riders between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Compare that to 30,000 riders for Route 101.

"Analysis of the Route 100 showed us we were duplicating service," Burris.

But the routes aren't exact duplicates, they are mirror images. So eliminating Route 100 would affect some riders.

It does take longer to get to some spots on Route 101 versus Route 100. Take the first stop on Route 100 - Booker T Washington. It takes the Route 100 bus about 5 minutes to get there from the Dover Transit Center. But the Route 101 path to get to the exact same spot takes that bus about 20 minutes.

"The way we view it is it's just being diligent, not duplicating service, being conscious of taxpayer money, which we use for the service," said Burris.

Still Link doesn't want to see the 100's service gone.

"They don't need to remove it. They get enough customers. They don't need to remove it," he said. "It would pack the 101. It would definitely pack the 101."

This is DART's first proposed service reduction in Kent County in a few years. It's been increasing service for a while.

Any changes that do get the go-ahead would take effect in mid-May.

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