MaineDOT Public Transit

MaineDOT's Transit Program oversees federal grants and federal compliance for Maine's 20 bus-service providers, as well as our partnerships with Casco Bay Lines and the Downeaster passenger rail service.

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9/23/2019:New Bus Service Coming to Presque Isle!

Beginning on October 15, 2019, an exciting new bus service is coming to Presque Isle! The bus will run seven days a week. From Monday through Saturday, it will be in service from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On Sundays, the hours of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The initial bus schedule will be effective from October 15 through October 31, while officials assess ridership needs and make any adjustments to an updated schedule that will be released on November 1. "The PI Loop will revolutionize access to resources in our community by giving riders a safe, affordable, convenient, Wi-Fi-enabled bus system that will help people get where they need to be each day," said LeRae Kinney of SAD 1. She, along with Jamie Chandler of ACAP, co-chair of the Going Places Transportation Network, has spent the past several months getting the project off the ground.

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5/6/2019:WMTS is pleased to announce a revised Brunswick Explorer schedule effective Monday, July 8th, 2019.

Thanks to the Brunswick Town Council and the METRO BREEZ, the Brunswick Explorer will now share all 4 BREEZ stops, allowing riders easier access to downtown shops and services.

Brunswick Station was already a shared stop between the two bus services and Amtrak.

The new shared stops are: eastbound at Bowdoin College on Bath Road, across from First Parish Church, which replaces the stop at Druckenmiller Hall eastbound in front of Walgreens (Rite Aid) on Maine Street westbound across from Walgreens (Rite Aid) on the mall

The new schedule also incorporates 4 scheduled runs to Brunswick Landing: eastbound at 7:36 AM, 8:36 AM and 11:36 AM westbound at 1:15 PM

Stops on Brunswick Landing will be located at: Southern Maine Community College's Orion Hall, the intersection of Burbank Ave. and Orion Street near both Savilinx and Wayfair

A request stop, requiring one-hour notice for pick-up, but none for drop-off, will be available on Venture Ave. to serve the YMCA and Brunswick Recreation Center during any of the 4 runs on Brunswick Landing.

There will also be a flag stop, available on any of the 4 runs without notice, available streetside at the Brunswick Naval Aviation Museum on Admiral Fitch Ave., across from Mlnlycke. Riders will need to wait on the sidewalk, on the museum side of Admiral Fitch Ave., and wave the bus down as it approaches.

Service to Brunswick Landing, other than at the four scheduled times, will be available on request, only after 2:00PM, and will require at least 1 hour notice in advance of the desired pick-up time by calling 207-721-9600.

"We are very encouraged to have these new stops listed on the schedule," said WMTS General Manager, Sandy Buchanan. Not only does this allow us to provide better service to our riders, but it also enhances the Brunswick Explorers importance to the community.

Updated schedules will be available on Brunswick Explorer buses, and at the Brunswick Station Information Center.

A printable schedule will also be available on-line at www.brunswickexplorer.org and on the Brunswick Explorer Facebook page.

5/6/2019:Public Notice of Availability of Federal Funding
5/6/2019:Meeting the mobility needs of America's aging population

ITNCountry can thrive where public transit struggles

4/15/2019:WMTS GreenLine commuter bus now in full service
1/31/2019:Bangor Hosting Transit Study Kickoff Meeting
1/14/2019:Western Maine Transportation adds routes to ski mountains; more routes planned
12/18/2018:Volunteer Drivers are Vital
8/27/2018:METRO begins Husky Line bus service between Portland and Gorham campuses

The service gives all USM students, faculty and staff unlimited use of all METRO lines, particularly the inter-campus connection that now runs every half hour on weekdays.

8/21/2018:Public transit returns to a midcoast Maine city

Having public transportation in a community is not just providing an essential service, it is helping to further build that community.

6/12/2018:Maine Provider Rural System of the Year

Penquis Lynx Mobility Services was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 CTAA Rural Community Transportation System of the Year award at this year's Annual Expo in Pittsburgh.

5/4/2018:Federal grant for $6 million will help Casco Bay Lines buy a new boat

Members of Maine’s congressional delegation announced the Federal Transit Administration award to the Portland-area public ferry service on Thursday.

4/2/2018:Bangor gets $2M federal grant to upgrade aging bus fleet

Bangor has received a $1.9 million federal grant to replace at least five buses in the city’s aging fleet, according to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

3/19/2018:Southern Maine bus services consider cleaning up their act with electric vehicles.

Greater Portland Metro and ShuttleBus-Zoom may come together to bring the first electric-powered buses to Maine.