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Posted on: November 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Surging ahead in 2022 - METRO's Proposed Service Improvements

Route 7 Map

Looking ahead at 2022:  Service Improvements, Fleet Upgrades, and more!

Route #7 - Service enhancements, launch of micro transit pilot program

Proposal (pending funding support)
Greater Portland METRO is proposing the following changes to Route 7 service:

  • Replace Falmouth OceanView and Town Market 'loop service'  with Microtransit Pilot*
  • Increase frequency to 30 minute service 
  • Extend hours of service 
  • Extend service to Thompson's Point

*Microtransit Pilot

  • The two 'loops' in Falmouth that serve Town Market and Oceanview would be replaced with on demand service.
  • This on-demand service would promote service in these areas and provide more service along Route 
  • Currently these routes have infrequent service and often cause route delays
  • The pilot would operate for 9-12 months after which METRO would decide to continue the service, restore the service, or consider other options. 
  • How would it work?
    METRO passengers in Falmouth, who live along the route that currently provides service to the areas around Town Market or OceanView would use use a mobile app or call METRO to schedule a ride (similar to ride share services) to the bus stop at Shaw's or Wal-Mark to transfer to Route 7 service, which would operate every 30 minutes.

Presentation: Link to slideshow - HERE
December 2, 2021 Public Meeting: Video link - HERE

Survey: Link to survey:

Proposed Timeline - NOV/DEC 2021*

  • November 23 - December 15: Survey Open
  • December 2, 6:30pm - Public Meeting, Presentation, and Q&A (via ZOOM)
  • December 9, 4pm- Review at Ridership Committee Meeting
  • December 16, 4pm - Board meeting review and vote
    *Tentative timeline - subject to change

Additional questions?
Phone: 207-517-3023

Fare Promotions and Pilot Programs

Proposal (pending funding support)
Greater Portland METRO is proposing the following:

  • The new Ten Ride Pass Program 
  • Ride for half price promotion (April - Dec 2022)
  • ADA pass introduction
  • Organizational and business pass program

Proposed Timeline - Throughout 2022
Check back for updates.

Increased frequency & span of service on several METRO routes:

Proposal (pending funding support)
Greater Portland METRO is proposing the following route and schedule enhancements:

  • Sunday service span extension to 7pm -- All routes
  • Expand frequency on Saturdays  to 30 minute headways on several routes:
    Routes 2, 4, 5, 7 (see above), 8, and 9
  • Weekday extended hours for Routes 8, 9, and BREEZ
  • Introduce Sunday service - BREEZ
  • Husky Service Extension to Ocean Gateway
  • Added service for several holidays, beginning of Labor Day 2022 and three others beginning in 2022.

Proposed Timeline - August 2022
Check back for updates.

Going ELECTRIC in 2022

METRO is adding TWO electric buses to their fleet in spring 2022

Electric buses are safe, reliable, and quiet, and offer sustainable mobility solutions by significantly reducing GHG emissions, air and noise pollution, and dependence on fossil fuels. 

This is BIG.
Stay tuned for launch details! 

Proposed Timeline - Spring 2022

Bus stop improvements

Proposed for 2022 (pending funding support):

  • Husky Line - added stops
  • Bus Shelters - more!
  • Art Shelters  - more!
  • Digital Displays
  • Transit Stop Access Project -- LINK

Proposed Timeline - Fall 2022

Please check back for updates.


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