The Doylestown area now has two buses to help residents get to and from shops, restaurants and attractions.
A second Doylestown DART bus went into service Monday, cutting the waiting time in half, said Lou White, chairman of the DART bus committee and a former borough councilman.
“With one bus, we got about 40 riders a day. With two buses, we’re expecting that to at least double,” White said. “They’re not just for senior citizens; students at Delaware Valley College can use them to get around, too.”
The one-hour, 15-minute routes connect Neshaminy Manor, the county’s long-term nursing home on Easton Road, and the Cross Keys Shopping Center at Routes 611 and 313. The 17 stops in between are the Weis, Acme, and Barn shopping centers; Center Square; Wesley Enhanced Living and Grundy Senior Living centers; the Central Bucks Family YMCA; Doylestown Hospital; Del Val College; the Michener Art Museum; the Mercer Museum; the Bucks County Free Library; the county Courthouse; the SEPTA train station; Lenape Valley Foundation; Doylestown Meadows apartments, and the Central Bucks Senior Center.
All that for $1 a ride, with tokens available from the drivers. The buses run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week, operated by the non-profit Bucks County Transport corporation.
Two DART buses covered the routes until last year, when funding dried up, White said. SEPTA, PennDOT and the county kept one bus running, and $200,000 in state funds lined up by state Sen. Chuck McIlhinny helped bring back the second bus, White said.
Doylestown Township and Borough and the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance also support the DART buses.
The area also was served by a free Cultural Loop Shuttle for six weekends in September and October,
connecting the downtown and County Theater with the Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum, Fonthill and Civil War Museum.
About 50 riders uses that shuttle on Saturdays, and about 20 on Sundays, White said. That service will be evaluated and possibly resumed in the spring, he said, with consideration of Friday night and Saturday service.
For schedules and information about the DART buses, go to www.bctransport.org.