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Deposit exact fare into the fare box (in any combination of bills and coins).
View additional information about fare media options.
Pull either the vertical or horizontal cord inside the bus or press the yellow strip one stop before your desired stop.
If you need to change buses, ask the bus driver for a free transfer when you pay your fare. When you change to another bus, give this transfer to the next bus driver.
Transfers are to be used on the next available bus going to your destination. The time limit on transfers is approximately one half hour. Please note additional information on transfers:
METRO also accepts transfers from:
All METRO buses are equipped with passenger lifts or ramps that can be used by persons with wheelchairs, walkers, or disabilities that may require on-boarding assistance. Please note that weight limits vary and are posted on buses.
It might be possible for a passenger to board or stay on an “Out of Service” bus, but passengers cannot plan or depend on this option. In some cases, if an “Out of Service” bus operator sees someone at a stop and their schedule allows, he/she may stop the bus and allow a passenger to board the bus before their regular service (the passenger would still pay their regular fare).
At the end of a service day, after the last scheduled stop, a passenger may ask the operator if they can stay on the bus to disembark at a bus stop along an operator’s planned route back to the garage at Saint John Street.
Most Hannaford and Shaw's supermarkets along Greater Portland METRO routes participate in this program.
The METRO bus service offers a variety of routes around Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, and the Maine Mall area of South Portland seven-days-a-week. The METRO BREEZ express service travels between the Portland Transportation Center (PTC), Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick Monday through Saturday. These services make several trips daily.
Visitors can also connect to:
All buses include bike racks (for two bikes) and are wheelchair accessible.
Purchase a TenRide ticket for METRO local and South Portland Bus Service.
You can use a combination of public transportation, walking, and/or biking. Hop on South Portland City Bus (Route #21) in Portland (on Congress Street) to the Pillsbury and Cottage Street stop. The entrance to Fort Williams, where Portland Head Light is located, is approximately 1.5 miles south on the left. Please note that Cottage Road turns into Shore Road. There are several great places to grab lunch or a snack near the bus stop.
METRO #1 travels up Munjoy Hill to East End Beach. METRO #8 stops at Casco Bay Lines where you can take a ferry to any of the islands for a beach getaway. Or, take South Portland Bus to Willard Beach, Spring Point Lighthouse, or Bug Light (for a great view of Portland).
METRO Routes #1, #5, and #9 provide transportation to the Greyhound Bus terminal, located on the corner of St. John and Congress Streets. Passengers can connect to other METRO buses at the METRO PULSE (METRO's downtown Portland hub) in downtown Portland located at:21 Elm StreetPortland, ME 04102
If you are taking Amtrak / Downeaster, ask for your free bus ride ticket (one way from the Portland Transportation Center-PTC) in the train's Cafe Car on your way to Portland. If you are traveling on the DownEaster or Concord Coach, the METRO #1 can bring you in town for accommodations, dining, and shopping. Amtrak / Downeaster and Concord Coach connect to Route #1 at the PTC. Travel to downtown Portland (inbound) or connect to Route #5 (walk down Sewall Street and cross Congress Street) for outbound service to the Portland Jetport and Maine Mall shopping.
METRO #8 connects to the Old Port area and Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, providing island residents and visitors transportation throughout the Greater Portland region.
For cruise ship passengers, METRO's Route #8 provides service from the Portland Ocean Terminal and Ocean Gateway.
The Husky Line travels between Portland, Westbrook, and Gorham and between USM campuses in Portland and Gorham.
Yes. The Husky Line is open to the general public.
The Husky Line route has limited stops to provide faster service. Check map for stop locations.
Regular bus fare is $1.50 per ride; Reduced fare is .75 for seniors (65+) and persons with a disability.
Riders must show valid ID (Medicare Card and/or Picture ID) for reduced fare.
Pay as you go. Driver accepts fare, but cannot make change.
Purchase TenRide tickets or Monthly Passes in advance.Available at the METRO Pulse at Elm Street and other locations throughout METRO's service area.
Since the Husky Line is open to the general public, service will continue under the regular schedule during USM school breaks.
METRO has hundreds of bus stops throughout our service area.S
Stops on local routes are located 1/4 mile apart.
Wait at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due to arrive?
Check the schedule for the route you want to take.
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).
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.