It’s the time of year when parking at the beach becomes a game of musical cars. The meters are already up in downtown Lewes, and more are on the way in the other resort towns.
May 1-Oct. 14 in the historic business district and in the 1812 municipal lot.
May 1-Sept. 30 in the Lewes Beach lot, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 25-Sep. 16 at meters from 10 a.m.-midnight.
May 25-Labor Day non-metered areas in the city require a parking permit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 15-Sept. 15 for meters and permit-only parking in non-metered areas, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
May 15-Sept. 15 for public parking spaces and pay-to-park locations
May 15-Sept. 15 for parking-permit streets within the town limits.
As an alternative, consider the DART Beach Bus, which operates May 21-Sept. 9. (Routes 201 and 204 operate year-round.)
The Lewes Transit Center, which opened last year, has a new shelter, and a visitors’ centers should open this summer. The schedule is as follows:
201 Red Line: Lewes Transit Center to the Rehoboth Park and Ride and the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, every 10 to 30 minutes, 5:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
203 Orange Line: Lewes Transit Center to Dewey Beach, every 30 minutes, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
204 Yellow Line: Lewes Transit Center to downtown Lewes and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, every 30 minutes, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
206 Green Line: Lewes Transit Center to Georgetown, 10 weekday trips, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven weekend trips, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
208 Blue Line: Rehoboth Park and Ride to Ocean City, Maryland, hourly on weekends; every two hours, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
215 Purple Line: Rehoboth Park and Ride to Long Neck, Massey’s Landing and Millsboro, 10 trips, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Bus 305: To Lewes and Rehoboth Park and Ride, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from the Wilmington Train Station, Christiana Mall Park and Ride, Odessa Park and Ride at routes 1 and 299 in Middletown, Scarborough Road Park and Ride in Dover, Lewes Transit Center and Rehoboth Park and Ride. The fee is $2 per zone or buy a daily pass for $12.60.
The daily pass can be used on any beach bus. Local routes operate daily May 21 from about 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. for $2 per trip or $4.20 for a daily pass.
There is free parking at the Lewes Transit Center (pay the fare upon boarding). The fee for parking in the Rehoboth Park and Ride is $10 per car. Up to four people receive a daily bus pass.
For more, visit www.dartfirststate.com.