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Posted on: July 3, 2019

Delayed -- 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
Please check back for date, time, and location of the next task force meeting.

Past Meetings:
November 7, 2019
Agenda
Presentation
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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