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Transportation in Delaware

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The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) overviews the entire transportation network of the state and ensure safe and easy commuting of people and goods. The DelDOT provides safe, reliable and convenient travel options for the residents of the state. The department strives to achieve transportation excellence in the state and develops plans and programs relating to the system of roads, buses, airways, rails, waterways, bike trails, and walking paths in Delaware.

Delaware Road Transportation

The road transportation in Delaware comprises of interstate highways, state routes and bridges. DelDOT is committed to ensure safe, convenient and reliable road transportation in Delaware so as to provide easy connectivity to various cities and states.

The interstate highways form an important part of inter-regional corridors in Delaware. The important Interstate Highways in Delaware are Interstate 95, Interstate 295 and Interstate 495.

Interstate 95: It runs along the East Coast of the United States from Miami, Florida north to the Canadian border in Houlton, Maine.

Interstate 295: It is an auxiliary Interstate Highway, designated as a bypass around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Interstate 495: It serves as a six-lane bypass of I-95 around the city of Wilmington.

DelDOT has initiated and implemented several programs for the improvement of road transportation in the state. Some of the notable programs include-

Delaware Highway Safety Plan

The Delaware Strategic Highway Safety Plan aims to eliminate fatalities on roadways of Delaware through a multi-agency approach utilizing enforcement, education, engineering and emergency services strategies.

Delaware Office of Highway SafetyHighway Safety
Public Safety Building
303 Transportation Circle, Suite 201
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 744-2740
Fax: (302) 739-5995

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The Delaware Adopt-A-Highway Program is formed collectively between the Transportation Department and volunteers who work together to make Delaware a clean place. It is a cleanup campaign which works to educate citizens of all ages about the responsibilities of land stewardship- the care and repair of the environment. According to the program organizations, groups, and individuals adopt stretches of roadway throughout the state.

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Enhancing Delaware's Highways

The Department of Transportation launched the Enhancing Delaware's Highways program which capitalizes on the beauty of the regional landscape heritage of Delaware by making it a key feature of roadside rights-of-way.

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Delaware Byways Program

The Delaware Byways Program is a collaborative effort of the citizens, local, state and federal government of Delaware. The program includes identification, preservation, enhancement and promotion of Delaware roadways for scenic, natural, historic, cultural, recreational and archaeological purposes.

Delaware Byways include

  • Brandywine Valley National Scenic Byway
  • Red Clay Scenic Byway
  • Delaware's Bayshore Byway
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
  • Lewes, Gateway to the Nation Byway
  • Nanticoke Heritage Byway

Contact Details
Delaware Byways Program
800 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.760.2254

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Bridge Preservation Program

The Bridge Preservation Program aims at to manage the capital improvements to maintain the existing bridge infrastructure in Delaware. It is working towards the development of contracts that will help rehabilitate or replace existing bridges that need mending due to condition.

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Delaware Bus Service

The mission of DART first State and Delaware Transit Corporation is to design and provide the highest quality public transportation services in Delaware that satisfy the needs of the customer and the community.

Contact Details

900 Public Safety Blvd
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-3278
Website: http://www.dartfirststate.com/information/getting_there/contact/index.shtml

Air Transportation in Delaware

Air transport is an essential gateway of Delaware serving the locals and tourists from all over the world. The DelDOT Office of Aeronautics is responsible for planning, coordination and implementation of improvements to the Delaware's public use airport system. The major airports in Delaware are:

Baltimore-Washington International Airport

The Baltimore-Washington International Airport is operated by the Maryland Aviation Administration. The airport is airportserved by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Condor, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airlines, WOW Air, XTRAAirways.

Contact Details
Maryland Aviation Administration
Third Floor, Terminal Building
P.O. Box 8766
BWI Airport, MD 21240-0766
Phone: 410-859-7111
Website: http://www.bwiairport.com/en

Delaware Airpark

Delaware Airpark is a 45-acre general aviation airport located in Dover, Delaware. Home to 45 based aircraft and Delaware State University's flight training program, the Delaware Airpark serves both corporate and recreational flyers year-round.

Contact Details
Delaware Airpark
127 Durham Lane
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: 302.735.5519
Website: http://www.delawareairpark.com/

New Castle County Airport

New Castle County Airport is the largest operated by the Delaware River & Bay Authority. Located just five miles south of Wilmington, Delaware, New Castle operates as a Class-I-certified FAA facility. New Castle Airport is home to four first-class, fixed-base operators- Aero Ways, Aero-Taxi, Atlantic -ILG, Inc, and Dassault Falcon Jet.

Contact Details
New Castle County Airport
Phone: 302.328.4632
Website: http://www.newcastleairportilg.com/

Salisbury-OC-Wicomico International Airport

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport serves the state of Delaware. US Airways is currently the only airline serving the terminal.

Contact Details
Salisbury-OC-Wicomico International Airport
5485 Airport Terminal Rd Unit A
Salisbury, MD 21804-1599
United States
Phone: (410) 548 4827
Website: http://www.ifly.com/salisbury-ocean-city-wicomico-regional-airport

Summit Airport

Located in Middletown, Delaware, Summit Airport is privately owned public use airport operated by Summit Aviation. Located north of Middletown, Delaware, the airport features quality FBO services.

Contact Details
Summit Aviation
4200 Summit Bridge Road
Middletown, DE 19709
Phone: 302-834-5400
Website: http://www.summit-aviation.com/

Sussex County Airport

Owned by Sussex County Council, Sussex County Airport serves Southern Delaware. Located two miles southwest of Georgetown, the airport is a publicly owned public use airport.

Contact Details
Sussex County Airport
21553 Rudder Lane
P.O. Box 589
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: (302) 855-7774
Fax: (302) 855-7773
Website: http://www.sussexcountyde.gov/airport-and-industrial-park

Rail Transportation in Delaware

Railways are one of the main transportation modes in Delaware serving people with full dedication. Railways are important for cargo transfer also. The Delaware department of Transportation overviews all rail services and its proper functioning across the state. following are mentioned the railroads operating in Delaware:


Amtrak operates 23.3 route miles of passenger railroad in Delaware. Amtrak serves two stations in the State - Newark and Wilmington.

100 South French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Website: http://www.amtrak.com/northeast-train-bus-stations


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates commuter rail service extending a portion of its trains into Delaware. SEPTA service in Delaware averages 4,000 passenger trips per day.

Contact Details
1234 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19107
Phone: (215) 580-7800
Website: http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/w/WIL_0.html

Wilmington & Western Railroad

The rail is a freight and heritage railroad in northern Delaware. It operates on 10.2 miles. As primarily a tourist railroad, the WWRC operates over 100 pound rail.

Contact Details
Wilmington & Western Railroad
Historic Red Clay Valley Inc.
P.O. Box 5787
Wilmington, DE 19808
Website: http://www.wwrr.com/default.aspx

East Penn Railroad

The East Penn Railroad is a short-line railroad that operates a number of lines in Delaware. It owns and operates 10 miles of track in northern New Castle County.

Contact Details
East Penn Railroad
505 South Broad Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: (610) 925-0131
Fax: (610) 925-0135
Website: http://www.eastpennrr.com/

Maryland & Delaware Railroad

The Maryland & Delaware Railroad is a shortline railroad operating on the Delmarva Peninsula. It operates 60 miles of track in Delaware.

Contact Details
Maryland & Delaware Railroad
106 Railroad Avenue
Federalsburg, MD 21632
Phone: 410.754.5735
Website: http://www.mdde.com/

Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern is the largest rail freight carrier in Delaware. NS typically operates between 9 and 12 trains per day in Delaware and approximately 158 route miles in Delaware.

Website: http://www.delmarvarails.com/info_ns_northernde.html

CSX Transportation

CSX Transportation is the second-largest freight railroad in Delaware. CSX owns 23 route miles in the State.

Phone: 1-800-232-0144

Website: http://www.csx.com/index.cfm/about-csx/company-overview/state-fact- sheets/delaware/

Delaware Coastline Railroad

The Delaware Coastline Railroad is a short line railroad operating on the Delmarva Peninsula. It is owned by the State of Delaware and managed by DTC.

Website: http://www.delmarvarails.com/info_DCLR.html

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Water Transportation in Delaware

Water Transportation plays a major role in Delaware's transportation system. Other than serving as an enjoyable mode of transportation with many scenic sites to explore along the way, water transportation also serves as a major mode for freight movement to various cities, states and worldwide through seaports. The major ports in Delaware are:

Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington is a full-service deep water port and marine terminal handling about 400 vessels annually. The portDelaware's port is the busiest terminal on the Delaware River. Operated by the Diamond State Port Corporation, the port serves as a multi-modal operation by providing for the efficient, economical, and safe handling of cargo.

Contact Details
Port of Wilmington
1 Hausel Road, Wilmington, DE 19801-5852
Phone: (302) 472-PORT
Fax: (302) 472-7740
Website: http://www.portofwilmington.com/

Port to Port International Corp

Port to Port International is one of the nation’s largest shippers of used vehicles to Central America and the Caribbean. Port to Port International is a leading ocean transport company. It handles ocean shipments of any type of cargo to ports around the world from any US or foreign port and also arranges pick-up and inland transport from anywhere in the US to the port of one's choice.

Contact Details
Port to Port International Corp.
32 Pyles Lane
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: 1-302-654-2444
Website: http://porttoportshipping.com/about_us/about_us.html
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