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This is the hub for METRO Bus. The METRO bus routes, #2, #4, #5, and #7, begin and end their route at the METRO PULSE on Elm Street in Portland. The METRO PULSE (also known as the Downtown Transportation Center) is located at the Elm Street Garage (Elm Street is off Congress Street, near the Portland Public Library). The address is:
21 Elm StreetPortland, ME 04102
For more information, view the METRO PULSE page.
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Yes, there are two bike racks on the front of all METRO buses, so take your bike with you.
To take your bike:
Be sure to inform the driver that you will be unloading your bike as you exit the bus.
View additional information and instructions for taking your bike on the bus.
Greater Portland Transit Guides and route brochures are available at:
View the available schedules.
Find out where you want to go and what time you want to get there and then determine which bus routes serve your destination point and starting point. Check the route schedules online or pick up a schedule at a convenient location.
Look at the schedule serving your destination first, and find the time-point on that schedule nearest your destination. Time-points are landmarks or intersections that show estimated arrival times of the bus. Each schedule shows a map of the route, and time points. In most cases, you can get on and off the bus at bus stops between these time-points (there are hundreds of bus stops located along METRO routes).
Then check the schedule for where you want to begin your trip to determine when you need to catch the bus.
Look for a METRO bus stop signs (located throughout the Greater Portland area). The routes served are listed on the sign.
Use a hand motion to signal the bus driver at the bus stop.
It is a good idea to arrive at your bus stop five minutes before the bus is due to arrive. The route you want to take will displayed on the top of the bus (this is called a Destination Sign).