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Fixed Route Bus Service in Maine

Sixteen fixed-route transit systems provide regularly scheduled bus service in Maine. The state’s larger cities offer frequent service on a variety of routes, serving local commuters, shoppers, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and others.

Smaller systems in Augusta, Waterville, Paris, Belfast, Rockland, Bath, South Portland, Sanford, Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Ellsworth operate 5 days a week, helping area residents get around town without the use of a private car. In rural areas of western and eastern Maine, some routes receive regularly scheduled service once or twice a week.

Maine Fixed-Route Bus Providers

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Aroostook County

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Aroostook Regional Transportation System (ARTS)

A non-profit organization serving all of Aroostook County and parts of Washington and Penobscot counties with scheduled bus routes.

Website | 207-764-1290

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Downeast and Acadia

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Downeast Transportation

A private, non-profit agency that operates deviated fixed-route public bus service in Hancock County as well as commuter services in Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island with once weekly service to Bangor and Ellsworth.

Website | 207-667-5796

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Island Explorer

Operated by Downeast Transportation, Inc., is a seasonal fixed-route public bus service. The Island Explorer operates seven days per week between Trenton, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.

Website | 207-667-5796

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Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA)

A private, non-profit agency that provides demand-response, door-to-door transportation services in Hancock and Washington Counties, including Isle au Haut and, excluding Danforth, for special services for the elderly, MaineCare recipients, social service clients by agency contract and other provider transportation on an individual basis.

Website | 207-664-0012 (Ellsworth) | (207) 546-7544 (Milbridge)

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West Transportation

West's Transportation provides fixed-route and demand response public transportation service to communities within Washington county and eastern portions of Hancock County. Intercity service is provided between Calais and Bangor (named Coastal Connection) with stops in Washington and Hancock Counties along the way.

Website | 1-800-596-2823

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Greater Portland and Casco Bay

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Greater Portland Transit Guide

The Greater Portland Transit Guide is a collaborative effort of the Greater Portland transit agencies including: - Amtrak Downeaster - Biddeford, Saco, OOB ShuttleBus – Zoom - Casco Bay lines - Greater Portland Transit District – METRO Bus - Regional Transportation Program – RTP - South Portland Bus Service - York County Community Action Corporation On the site, you will find maps, schedules and links to area agencies.

Website | 207-774-9891 | 1-800-649-1304

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Mermaid Transportation

Mermaid can provide specially equipped wheel chair lift vans that can also accommodate ambulatory passengers. These vans can serve locally or out of state. All Mermaid drivers are trained to operate these specially equipped vans. Mermaid also offers airport and train station shuttles and charters.

Website | 1-800-696-2463

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Metro

METRO is owned and operated by the Greater Portland Transit District, and provides public fixed route transportation in Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth Crossing and the Maine Mall area of South Portland. METRO operates seven days a week.

Website | 207-774-0351

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ShuttleBus

Inter-city service between Biddeford and Portland, via Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough and the Maine Mall (South Portland).

Website | 207-282-5408

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South Portland Bus

Owned and operated by the City of South Portland, provides public fixed-route transit service in South Portland, the Maine Mall area and downtown Portland. South Portland Bus Service operates Monday through Saturday. ADA Accessible service by Regional Transportation through their ADAPT program.

Website | 207-767-5556

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Zoom Turnpike Express

Operating between Biddeford, Saco and Portland.

Website | 207-282-5408

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Kennebec and Moose River Valleys

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Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (KVCAP)

KV Transit: Provides public fixed-route bus service in Augusta, Hallowell, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Waterville and Fairfield. KV Van: Provides demand response, door-to-door paratransit van and volunteer driver transportation program. Eligibility requirements may apply.

Website | 207-622-4761

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Maine Lakes and Mountains

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Citylink

The citylink is a fixed route public transit system serving the cities of Lewiston and Auburn operated Western Maine Transportation Services (WMTS) for the Lewiston Auburn Transit Committee (LATC).

Website | 207-777-4563

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Lisbon Connection

Serving Lisbon, Lisbon Center and Lisbon Falls with daily round trips to Lewiston.

207-784-9335

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Mountain Explorer

A free shuttle service operating between Bethel Village and Sunday River Ski Resort, linking restaurants, inns and shopping areas in between.

Website | 207-824-3000

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Sugarloaf Explorer

The Sugarloaf Explorer features eight bus routes linking residential neighborhoods, condominiums, inns, and hotels in Carrabassett Valley with the Sugarloaf Base Lodge, the Outdoor Center, and local shops and restaurants.

Website | 207-237-6853

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Western Maine Transportation Services WMTS

A private, non-profit corporation that provides public transportation in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties. Fixed route bus service in Lewiston-Auburn. Seasonal fixed route bus in the Bethel-Newry area – Mountain Explorer. Commuter service from Lisbon to Lewiston – Lisbon Connection.

Website | 1-800-393-9335 \ TDD: 1-800-851-3191

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Mid-Coast

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Bath Shuttle Bus - CityBus

Operated by the City of Bath, provides public fixed route bus service in the City of Bath. CityBus operates Monday through Friday.

Website | 207-443-8363

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The Maine Beaches

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Shoreline Explorer

Shoreline Explorer offers seasonal fixed-route service in the towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Sandford, Wells, Ogunquit, and York through community based shuttle and trolley services. Sanford Ocean Shuttle provides YEAR-ROUND service.

Website | 207 324-5762 x2932

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The Maine Highlands

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Bat Community Connector

The BAT Community Connector is a fixed route public transit system operated by the City of Bangor for the communities of the Greater Bangor Urbanized Area. These include Bangor, Brewer, Veazie, Orono, Old Town, and Hampden. The BAT also provides service to the University of Maine.

Website | 207-992-4670

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West Transportation

West's Transportation provides fixed-route and demand response public transportation service to communities within Washington county and eastern portions of Hancock County. Intercity service is provided between Calais and Bangor (named Coastal Connection) with stops in Washington and Hancock Counties along the way.

Website | 1-800-596-2823

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