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All Transit Together Recommendations
Below is a full list of route changes recommended by Transit Together:
Metro Route 1: Service would extend to Portland Jetport via Congress Street and Hutchins Drive. Route 1 would no longer serve Mercy Hospital or Thompson's Point (served instead by Route 7). Service frequency would be 45 minutes, Monday through Sunday; this is a reduced frequency on weekdays but an improvement on weekends. Metro hopes to restore weekday Route 1 frequency in the near future, as funding allows.
Metro Route 2: Service to Pride's Corner in Westbrook would be eliminated. Route 2 would extend to Ocean Gateway via Congress Street and Franklin Street. Southbound service on Portland's peninsula would shift from Elm Street and Park Avenue to High Street. Service frequency would be similar to today, except with 45 minute headways on Saturdays (currently every hour).
Metro Route 3: No significant service changes are recommended for Route 3. Some minor changes to the schedule should be expected.
Metro Route 4: Route 4 would extend to Ocean Gateway via Congress Street and Franklin Street. Southbound service on Portland's peninsula would shift from Elm Street and Park Avenue to High Street. Schedules in Westbrook would be simplified, and weekday service to Hamlet Park and Bradley Drive in Westbrook would be enhanced. Service frequency would be similar to today.
Metro Route 5: On Portland's peninsula, Route 5 service would shift from Park Avenue to Congress Street. Direct bus service along Park Avenue, including the Iris Network, Portland Expo, and Hadlock Field, would be replaced by Route 8. Route 5 would run directly from Metro Pulse on Elm Street to the Maine Mall, and would no longer serve Portland Jetport, Department of Health and Human Services, or Hutchins Drive, which would instead be served by Route 1. Service frequency would be similar to today.
Metro Route 7: In the near-term, Route 7 would be extended from downtown Portland to Thompson's Point via Congress Street, St. John Street, and Fore River Parkway, replacing Route 1 service to Mercy Hospital and Thompson's Point. Service frequency would improve from 60 minutes to 45 minutes, Monday through Sunday. In the winter of 2023/2024, Metro expects to replace neighborhood service in Falmouth with an on-demand "microtransit" model, where passengers can request a ride and connect to the Route 7 at Falmouth's Walmart or Shaws, or any other destination in the microtransit zone. More details on microtransit will be discussed at future public forums.
Metro Route 8: Route 8 would add a clockwise pair to its current counterclockwise loop, more than doubling Route 8 service. Route 8's service footprint would change in three areas: In Parkside, Route 8 would run along Park Avenue, replacing Route 5 service; in the Old Port, Route 8 would run on Commercial Street rather than Middle Street; and in Bayside, Route 8 would run on Pearl Street, Somerset Street, and Fox Street serving the neighborhoods east of Franklin Street, rather than running down Elm Street and Lancaster Street. Route 8 service would extend until about 8pm on weekdays, and its service frequency would be the same as today, but with buses in each direction.
Metro Route 9: No service changes are expected in Fall 2023. In the winter of 2023/2024, Metro hopes to improve off-peak and Saturday frequencies on Route 9 from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes.
Metro BREEZ: No service changes are expected in Fall 2023. In the winter of 2023/2024, Metro hopes to make the BREEZ schedule more uniform throughout the day, and add two round trips to the weekday schedule.
Husky Line: The Husky Line would extend to Ocean Gateway via Congress Street and Franklin Street. Service frequencies and hours of operation would be the same as today.