Greater Portland Metro

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As Maine reopens, there are more places for residents to go - and now more ways for them to get there. In southern Maine, the Greater Portland Metro Bus service is returning to regular weekday service on several of its routes, while other transportation companies also gear up to restore services.

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The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce is urging businesses to support improvements to the region's mass transit systems.


The Greater Portland Metro Bus system is being asked to be a partner in a mixed-use development planned for the site of the former Pike Industries quarry in Westbrook.

Getting to the polls tomorrow will be less expensive for some.  The Greater Portland Metro bus system says rides will be free across all of its routes, including the express service "Breez" that runs between Portland and Brunswick.

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An all-electric bus drove around downtown Portland at lunchtime Tuesday.  The Greater Portland Metro Bus system and the Shuttlebus-Zoom bus system serving Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach are considering ordering a few with funding from a federal grant.

At a press event in Portland, Al Schultz, general manager of the Shuttlebus-Zoom service, said the time for electric buses has come.

PORTLAND, Maine - Two Maine bus services are working together to bring electric buses to the state.
The Portland Press Herald reports Greater Portland Metro and ShuttleBus-Zoom are in talks to jointly apply for state and federal grants to replace diesel buses with electric vehicles. Metro general manager Greg Jordan and SH-Zoom director Al Schutz say electric buses run cheaper and are cleaner than diesel buses.