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 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,

Route 1:         ENGLISH (click link)
               Route 1 survey                                                                      SOMALI
               Route 1 survey                                                                      ARABIC
               Route 1 survey                                                                      FRENCH
               Route 1 survey                                                                      SPANISH
               Route 1 survey                                                                      PORTUGUESE

Route 8:         ENGLISH (click link)
               Route 8 survey                                                                      SOMALI
               Route 8 survey                                                                      ARABIC
               Route 8 survey                                                                      FRENCH
               Route 8 survey                                                                      SPANISH
               Route 8 survey                                                                      PORTUGUESE

NEW - Interactive Survey

Whether you ride public transit or not, We want your input on improving transportation options -- especially in downtown Portland.
Click the link for our interactive survey.

Community Engagement

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.

Task Force

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 

Task Force Membership List

Meetings and Materials:

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

June 13, 2019 
   Notes from meeting

November 7, 2019
(Check back for agenda, date, and location)     


Saturday, September 21 - 10:30 am to Noon,
Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium

Tuesday, October 1 - 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium

Link to flyer - Download to post and forward


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
Meetings will be held at the 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 2021

Electric bus delivery/testing

Spring 2021

Bus stop improvements/construction

Service 2021

Service launch

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