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Updated: Del. Transit Corp. Breaks Ground on Lewes Transit Center

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The sun rises on the future Lewes Transit Center (Photo: WBOC) The sun rises on the future Lewes Transit Center (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del.- The Delaware Transit Corporation, along with the Delaware Department of Transportation, broke ground on the Lewes Transit Center on Wednesday morning. 

The empty lot just south of the Lowes on Route One in Lewes will be the future location of a three-phrase transit center.

"The Lewes Transit Center will allow us to offer a much-needed year-round service to residents of eastern Sussex County in addition to the many tourists visiting our fabulous beach areas.”  said Delaware Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan. "It will provide a convenient hub for improved transit service, connecting local passengers with job opportunities, recreational activities, medical appointments, shopping, and more throughout the county.”

Phase one starts Wednesday on the 248-space Lewes Park and Ride, which is an effort to alleviate summer beach traffic.

David Carter works at the Wawa on Route One and said it can get rough on summer weekends.

"It's crazy, it's bumper to bumper," he said. "It's really packed and you get a lot of fender benders because there be so much traffic."

Milton resident Donald Macauley agreed.

"We avoid the beach in the summer, at least down in Rehoboth and Bethany. It's just too crowded for us," he said. "And then as the closer you get to Rehoboth, it's like a parking lot down there."

Transit officials said they hope people will utilize the park and ride to avoid driving, since buses can take the bus lane all the way down to the beach.

"I think this is a great opportunity because we [have] so many people moving down here especially that want to be close to the beach, so I think it's a great idea," Carter said.

Macauley said he thinks it's a good idea, but isn't sure everyone will change their habits.

"Probably people who don't want to fight the traffic, I mean there's a lot of people in Lewes that might want to just hop on there and go down," he explained. "But otherwise I don't know, I don't like being on buses that much!"

Phase two, which will come later, is a bus maintenance facility and driver area. Transit officials said many bus drivers live closer to the beach, and the other transit center is in Georgetown. They said this will decrease inefficiencies in service.

Phase three of the project is an indoor customer waiting area.

Funding comes from the Federal Transit Administration’s State of Good Repair Grant, as well as state funds.

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