Despite a stormy close to the summer beach season, DART’s bus service to the beaches say the season was a success.
Ridership for the resort buses this year was the second highest on record, with nearly 378,000 passenger trips to and from beach destinations. That number would be even higher if tourists and residents weren’t ordered out of the Delaware’s beach towns during the last weekend in August, as Hurricane Irene approached the state.
The total number of riders was down just four percent from 2010’s record-breaking number. “The DART Resort Transit bus service plays an important part in eastern Sussex County by reducing traffic congestion on the Route 1 corridor, which in turn helps reduce air pollution in the area,” said DART executive director Stephen Kingsberry.
The majority of riders at the beach used the Route 201 bus serving the Rehoboth boardwalk, with 254,724 passengers using that route.
The resort bus service season runs from May 26 to September 18.