Delaware Transit Corp. announced the launch of a new mobile payment app for its Beach Bus Services, making the DART experience more user-friendly and convenient for its riders.
The app will go live starting June 30 in anticipation of the Fourth of July weekend.
The mobile payment option, available through Token Transit, is a mobile app for riders to pay their bus fare using their smartphones. The app displays a digital pass on the phone’s screen, eliminating the need for a paper pass or cash.
Mobile payment is new to DART and will be tested as a pilot program on the local Beach Bus services — 201-208 and 215 —in the eastern part of Sussex County through mid-September. If successful, DTC plans to roll out mobile payment for its services statewide next year.
The process involves getting the Token Transit app available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets and can be downloaded for free at the Apple and Google Play stores, or text TOKEN to 41411 for a download link. Once the account is set up with a credit or debit card, select the fare type that to purchase, from a single ride to a 30-day pass. When ready to ride, tap pass to activate, and show the driver digital ticket. The passes vary in color and image by day and show the time down to the second with movement.
The Beach Bus services operate daily from about 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on seven routes serving Lewes Park and Ride, Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Maryland. Buses are air-conditioned, handicapped-accessible and equipped with bike racks. Fares are $2 per trip and 80 cents for reduced fare. A daily pass is $4.20, and new this year are the seven-day pass for $18 and a 30-day pass for $65.