Tuesday, December 20, 2011

FastTrans Service Changes

Do you use the FastTrans service here in Dover? This service  is a downtown transit loop project. The intention of the project is to encourage the use of public transit for trips that take place between two Dover locations, such as home to work or home to shopping or personal service appointments.

The City of Dover applied for and received CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) funding to assist with the development of the program. CMAQ funding has been instituted by the Federal government to create surface transportation options that  contribute to air quality improvements and reduce congestion. This funding will be phased out by 2013.

The air quality would be improved by encouraging  people to use the service instead of driving individual automobiles while in Dover. 

There are three flexible on demand routes that run the inner core of Dover.

  • The initial route was along Sixth Street and Portland Avenue.
  • The second loop focused on the Broadway and Silver Street corridors.
  • The third route augments the existing public transit network and will follow 108 and Locust Street.
We are now coming to an end of the CMAQ funding period, and while the City will be continuing the service, there will be some changes made to the delivery of this valuable service. The public is invited to an informational session on proposed long- and short-term changes to the FastTrans service. The session will be held on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m., at the Dover Transportation Center.

During the Dec. 29 session, COAST and City of Dover officials will discuss the history of the service, and look to the future, including funding. The public is encouraged to share comments and questions.

For more information, contact COAST at 743-5777.

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