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 will work 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.
Survey Says ...
Do you ride METRO Routes 1 and 8?
We want to hear what you think! As a rider, your feedback is critical to helping METRO provide the best service possible. Each survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. All responses will remain anonymous. Print survey are available at the METRO Pulse at Elm Street
Surveys will also be conducted on board buses (Routes 1 & 8).
For assistance taking the survey, including access to an interpreter, contact Zoe Miller at GPCOG 207-774-9891 ext. 227, Zmiller@gpcog.org
Route 1: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MetroRoute1 ENGLISH
Route 1 survey SOMALI
Route 1 survey ARABIC
Route 1 survey FRENCH
Route 8: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MetroRoute8 ENGLISH
Route 8 survey SOMALI
Route 8 survey ARABIC
Route 8 survey FRENCH
The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) has been contracted by GPTD to develop and implement a two-stage public/rider and stakeholder outreach process that complies with GPTD’s Title VI Program. Outreach will employ a combination of in-person and online strategies to capture a diverse range of input from two audiences:
METRO riders and the general public, including residents with low incomes, older adults, people with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minority groups.
Members of the business community, non-profit sector, downtown district, regional transit agency partners, neighborhood associations and advocacy organizations.
The Task Force will 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 monthly at rotating locations on the Portland Peninsula through June 2020. No meetings are being held in July and August 2019. Meetings are open to the public with time for brief public comments.
Task Force Membership List
Meetings and Materials:
May 2, 2019 -
Notes from meeting
June 13, 2019
Notes from meeting
No Meetings - July or August
Check back for Peninsula Loop Reboot Project Task Force Meeting
Fall 2019 --
Save the Date for Public Meetings (More info will be posted soon)
Saturday, September 21 - 10:30 am to Noon, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium
Tuesday, October 1 - 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium
May 2, 2019
Portland Peninsula Task Force Kick-off Meeting
Develop concept options/plans; stakeholder and event outreach
July 31, 2019 - Portland Farmer's Market (tabling)
August 1, 2019 - Parkside Meeting
Phase I public/stakeholder engagement
Develop proposed system changes/costs
Develop funding strategies
Submit PACTS funding requests
Finalize proposed changes
Phase II public/stakeholder engagement
Bus stop design/engineering process (if needed)
May – August 2020
Bus stop construction-installation
Metro 2021 budget development
Electric bus charging infrastructure construction
Electric bus delivery/testing
Bus stop improvements/construction