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.

Spring 2011 Walk & Bike to School Events in Your Neighborhood

• Auburn, The Walton School, Walk to School Day, May 5
• Biddeford, Community Bicycle Center, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Wednesdays, starting April 6
• Bridgton, Stevens Brook Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 17
• Brunswick, Jordan Acres Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Thursdays, starting May 5
• Brunswick, Longfellow Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days, all year
• Bucksport, Miles Lane School, Walk to School Day, May 13
• Calais Elementary School, Walking School Bus, Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 26
• Camden, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 18
• Cutler, Bay Ridge Elementary School, Daily Walk & Ride to School Days, June 13 – 17
• Dresden Elementary School, Grades 3 -5 School Bike Trek, May 25
• Eagle Lake Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 25
• Falmouth,

Governor's Tea @ the Blaine House in Augusta

Governor's Tea @ the Blaine House in Augusta
On Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Governor Paul Lepage and the United Bikers of Maine will be celebrating Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month. The theme for this year is "Did You See Me". Distracted driving has become a major hazard to motorcyclists but also bicycles, pediatricians and other vehicles.   Lets step up the awareness of distracted drivers and make our highways a safer place to travel.  

Alpha One-Adaptive Driving Education Fundraiser

Alpha One-Adaptive Driving Education Fundraiser

Alpha One is launching our first fundraising initiative to enhance our Adaptive Driving Education program and we are looking for your help.

This program is one of our oldest, and has been offering driver evaluation, assistive driving technology consultation and driver education and training since the early ‘80s. The ADE Program has helped hundreds of Maine consumers to become licensed drivers and enjoy the freedom of mobility

Our goal is to lower the overall cost of delivering this valuable service to Maine people who want to get back on the road again, by soliciting support from individuals and businesses who share our desire to help others remain independent.

Donations from foundations and individuals will provide for the purchase and adaptation of a new van and the operation of the program over the next five years.

Riding In Cars With Dogs

Riding In Cars With Dogs

As the weather warms, I’m seeing more and more dogs hanging out of car windows, ears blowing in the breeze.  While this harbinger of spring might make us smile at first, the truth is that we dog owners are taking unnecessary risks when we allow our dogs to ride unrestrained in our cars -- at any time.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m as guilty as the rest of the dog-owning population who’ve at one time or another simply opened their car doors and allowed their dogs to jump in before hitting the road.

Commute Another Way Week set for May 16-20

Commute Another Way Week set for May 16-20


Commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk or telecommute May 16 through 20 can double their miles per gallon – or better. With high gas prices hitting commuters hard in the pocketbook this spring, Commute Another Way Week is urging employers and commuters to work together to raise their MPG – and save a bundle on their daily commute.

“This is the 17th year we’ve held this event, and one thing that never stops drawing people in is the message about how much you can save when you drive alone to work less frequently,” says event organizer Carey Kish of the GO MAINE program.

The purpose of Commute Another Way Week is to let help Maine commuters learn more about carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking or riding transit, teleworking and other low-cost alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle.

METRO and South Portland Bus Service Introduce Regional Pass

Beginning in May, Greater Portland Transit District (METRO) and the South Portland Bus Service will offer a Regional Monthly Bus Pass, allowing seamless and affordable travel on both bus systems. The new pass will be sold for $45 per month for travel throughout Portland, South Portland, Westbrook and Falmouth.

Creating a regional pass was a priority recommendation of a Regional Coordination Study developed by the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) in 2007 as part of an effort “to identify opportunities to increase efficiencies of transit operations within Greater Portland and to work toward the development of one regional transportation system.”

South Portland resident Melanie Bruce said the Regional Pass is an excellent idea.