The Delaware Transit Corporation has released a plan for a transit redesign that will enhance and improve Paratransit services. Changes will include the following:
- Fares will be increased in three stages- on July 1 of 2014, 2015, and 2016
- The maximum fare for one-county ADA trips- those which begin or end within ¾ mile of a fixed route- will rise to $3 on July 1, 2014 and to $4 on July 1, 2016.
- The maximum fare for non-ADA one-county trips- those trips which begin or end more than ¾ mile from a fixed route- will rise from $4 on July 1, 2014 to $6 on July 1, 2016.
- The implementation of trip negotiation for both ADA and non-ADA trips
- Flex route service - these buses will run a short, 10 mile circular route and will be available to everyone
- DTC is researching the possibility of private rides to Paratransit customers, possibly utilizing limo and taxi cab companies
- This plan includes a statement that all customers, regardless of where their trips are, will continue to receive transportation services.
Delaware currently has the country's most extensive paratransit service, and many, if not most, adults with disabilities depend on this service to be part of their community and especially to be able to work, which is a significant goal for our state. Changes are needed to keep transit sustainable for people with and without disabilities. Autism Delaware wants to thank DTC for asking us to be at the table during plan negotiations, and for taking our suggestions and comments into account.