Transportation

NO METRO Bus service – Monday, July 4

Holiday Service UPDATE:   

Greater Portland Transit District, METRO, does not provide bus service on Independence Day Monday, July 4.

Holiday weekend schedule:
Saturday, July 2 - Regular Saturday Schedule

Sunday, July 3 – Regular Sunday Schedule

Monday, July 4 – No Bus Service
(METRO administrative office, 114 Valley St., will be closed.)

METRO does not operate on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buses run on a Saturday service schedule on President’s Day, Patriot’s Day and Columbus Day.

METRO, with bus ridership averaging 1.4 million annually, is Maine’s largest public transportation carrier, providing bus service to Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth and the Maine Mall area of South Portland.

For information, visit www.gpmetrobus.com or call 774-0351.

Casco Bay Lines selects a name for its new vessel

With help from the four island schools, Casco Bay Lines’ Board of Directors votes to name the new vessel the Wabanaki

At its Board meeting on Thursday the Casco Bay Lines (CBL) Board of Directors considered recommendations from the New Boat Advisory Committee on vessel naming suggestions.

Earlier this spring the New Boat Advisory Committee received support from the CBL Board to involve elementary aged students from the island schools in developing a list of potential names for the new boat. Sue Hemond, a member of the New Boat Advisory committee stated “We received great cooperation from each of the schools and given the relatively short deadline, we were really impressed by the thoughtful response from the students.”

The committee received suggestions from each of the island schools, which included Peaks Island, Long Island, Chebeague Island, and Cliff Island.

The Paving of Route 88 is Underway

The Paving of Route 88 is Underway

The Town of Cumberland has posted the following:

Beginning Monday, June 20th at 7 AM the first coat of paving will be placed on Route 88 - The Foreside Road. The Paving will begin at the Falmouth Town Line heading North and will end within 2000' of the Yarmouth Town Line.

This coat of paving will level out the imperfections in the current roadway surface (will cover up at the patchwork of repairs to date). It also is referred to as the Shim coat of pavement.

This paving is expected to end by Friday, June 24th at 5 PM or possibly sooner depending upon weather (surface must be dry).

Delays of up to 10 -15 minutes can be expected throughout the day in multiple work areas.  Paving each day will end sometime between 6 PM and 8 PM. Residents  on side streets may expect a short delay until the train of finish paver rollers have passed the street.

Traffic Advisory - Bates Street

PORTLAND  – Wednesday evening, June 15, through Thursday morning, paving will be underway on Bates Street between Washington Avenue and Baxter Boulevard from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Commuters may want to seek an alternate route to avoid traffic and delays. Motorists are urged to watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians in the work zone.

 

Traffic Advisory Continues - Forest Ave 6/3 and 6/6

PORTLAND, Maine – As a part of the Read Street sewer separation project, beginning Thursday, June 2nd and continuing Friday, June 3rd and Monday, June 6th, Dearborn Brothers Construction will be working within Forest Avenue between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Throughout the work, two-way traffic will be maintained, however, traffic patterns outlined by flaggers and barrels will change. Motorists should pay close attention to flaggers and other directional indicators as they travel through this intersection. Motorists will not be able to make left hand turns onto Read Street or Arbor Street within the work zone. While the work is ongoing, commuters may want to seek an alternate route to avoid traffic and delays. Motorists are urged to watch out for bicyclists and pedestrians in these work zones.

Bruce McToose Featured in Humorous Travel Shows on Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Bruce McToose Featured in Humorous Travel Shows on Maine Public Broadcasting Network

The famous Maine road sign at the junction of Route 35 and 5 in Lynchville gives the distance to Norway as 14 miles, to Paris 15 miles, Denmark 23 miles and several other “foreign” locations only a short distance away. As seasoned Mainers know, all these places with far away names are communities within our state’s borders. Several of these communities are the subject of the humorous television series featuring the fictional character Bruce McToose.

While McToose claims to be a celebrity traveler and explorer, in fact he has a serious misguided sense of direction. This curious impediment provides an opportunity for fun at McToose’s expense as he seeks out legendary world landmarks that are often several time zones away.

For example, in one show McToose travels to Norway, Maine in search of Norway’s legendary fjords. Another episode takes McToose to the Portland Library.

No METRO Bus Service -- MEMORIAL DAY

Greater Portland Transit District METRO will not provide bus service on Memorial Day: Monday, May 30, 2011. METRO’s administrative office, located at 114 Valley Street, Portland will also be closed for the day.

METRO does not operate on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buses run on a Saturday service schedule on President’s Day, Patriot’s Day and Columbus Day.

METRO, with bus ridership averaging 1.4 million annually, is Maine’s largest public transportation carrier, providing bus service to Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth and the Maine Mall area of South Portland.