Mayor Williams Joins Downtown Visions, DelDOT Secretary Bhatt, City Council President Gregory and Councilwoman Shabazz to Kick Off Improved Wilmington Trolley Route 32

Posted on  02/12/2014 2:10 pm

Photo of DART Trolley Press Release

Mayor Dennis P. Williams joined City Council President Theo K. Gregory, City Councilwoman, Hanifa Shabazz, Delaware Secretary of Transportation, Shailen Bhatt and Downtown Visions for a ride on the Wilmington Trolley on the newly improved Route 32.

Beginning Monday, February 10, 2014, the Wilmington Trolley will now run every 20 minutes, from 10:45 a.m. until 10:45 p.m. and the improved trolley route will connect the Riverfront area, Market Street and part of the Trinity vicinity. DART First State has also reduced the Wilmington Trolley fare to $1.00 each way.

“The new trolley route will help residents and visitors enjoy the City of Wilmington, and make the City’s nightlife, entertainment, shopping restaurants, hotels and small businesses more accessible,” said Mayor Williams. “Reducing the fare will also allow the trolley to be an affordable option to driving and looking for on-the-street parking.”

Spearhead by DART First State and Downtown Visions, DART’s Wilmington Trolley has been redesigned to make businesses, shopping, education, and entertainment areas of Wilmington easier to access.

During the press conference, Executive Director of Downtown Visions, Martin Hageman, stated, “Every great city has superb transportation linkages that are convenient, affordable and a viable alternative to driving and finding a parking space. To improve economic development in the city this imperative. With DART willing to partner with us in transforming the underused asset we can make this happen.”

DART and Downtown Visions will now begin a marketing campaign with community outreach into the business community to increase ridership and the awareness of how convenient and affordable the Trolley is, as well as other DART routes. With increased ridership, the plans are to extend the Trolley time to later in the evenings and weekends.