News Flash


Posted on: July 3, 2019

Peninsula Loop Reboot

Background and Objectives:

METRO is working to make traveling around the Portland Peninsula easier and more convenient for bus riders.
To do so, Greater Portland Transit District METRO has been working with stakeholders and the public to look at ways to adjust and improve METRO bus routes on the Portland Peninsula. 

The routes under review for major changes and expansion are Route 8 (Peninsula Loop) and Route 1 (Congress Street). Other routes will be reviewed for minor changes and/or extensions including: Route 2 (Forest Avenue), Route 4 (Westbrook), Route 5 (Maine Mall), Route 7 (Falmouth), and the Husky Line. 

The overall project goals are to:

  • Develop an urban circulator that loops in both directions and provides faster, more convenient service on the Portland Peninsula.
  • Expand hours and frequency on the new urban circulator
  • Introduce battery electric buses.

Community Engagement

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) and GPTD staffs  developed and implemented a two-stage public/rider and stakeholder outreach process that complies with GPTD’s Title VI Program. Outreach employed a combination of in-person and online strategies to capture a diverse range of input from two audiences:

Task Force

A Task Force, of METRO staff and board and stakeholders, was formed to  provide feedback, guidance, and local expertise, and to offer connections to other stakeholders, networks, and the public. The Task Force kicked off in May 2019 and meets regularly. Meetings are open to the public with time for brief public comments.

Task Force 

Task Force Membership List

Meetings and Materials:

The next Task Force meeting is planned for April 2020.
Please check back for date, time, and locations.

November 7, 2019
Notes from meeting

June 13, 2019 
   Notes from meeting

May 2, 2019 - 
  Fact Sheet/Backgrounder
  Notes from meeting

PROPOSED TIMELINE (subject to change)

May 2, 2019

Portland Peninsula Task Force Kick-off Meeting

Summer 2019

Develop concept options/plans; stakeholder and event outreach
Stakeholder Engagement
July 31, 2019 - Portland Farmer’s Market (tabling)
August 1, 2019 - Parkside Meeting

Fall 2019

Public Meetings
Saturday, September 21 - 10:30am - NOON
Tuesday, October 1 - 5 - 6:30 pm
Portland Public Library -- Rines Auditorium (downstairs)
Accessible by all METRO routes.

Fall 2019

Develop proposed system changes/costs

Fall 2019

Develop funding strategies

October 2019

Submit PACTS funding requests

Winter 2020

Finalize proposed changes

Winter 2020

Phase II public/stakeholder engagement

Winter 2020

Bus stop design/engineering process (if needed)

May – August 2020

Bus stop construction-installation

Fall 2020

Metro 2021 budget development

Fall 2020

Electric bus charging infrastructure construction

Winter 2020/2021

Marketing and Community Outreach

Spring 2021

Bus stop improvements/construction

Service 2021

Service launch

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