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Posted on: October 6, 2020

Peninsula Loop Reboot - Public Meetings Planned for Fall 2020

Background and Objectives:

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

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.

Public Engagement - Phase TWO - Fall 2020
Please check back or dates and details. 

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. Meetings are open to the public with time for brief public comments.
See agendas and background materials below:

Task Force: Membership List

Task Force Meetings:

September 23, 2020
Agenda and supporting materials.
Presentation and notes from meeting.

November 7, 2019
Agenda
Presentation (Review of Phase One Public Engagement)
Notes from meeting

June 13, 2019 
Agenda
Notes from meeting

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



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