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Brunswick, Maine, Gets New Express Bus Service

The Greater Portland (ME) Transit District (GPT) expanded its METRO BREEZ express bus service to Brunswick, ME, on Aug. 24, with 14 weekday round trips and seven on Saturdays.

“As many of you know, the BREEZ has been very successful with the Portland, Yarmouth and Freeport [areas],” said METRO Board President John Thompson. “This added service to Brunswick shows the success of BREEZ continues to fulfill an important and much needed express service niche in this region.”

The Brunswick Town Council voted earlier this year to join the existing service on a two-year pilot basis after receiving a reduced cost estimate from GPT of $76,000 and a $10,000 annual pledge from local employer Bowdoin College. The council earlier had rejected expanding services but reconsidered after local businesses expressed concern about employment shortages due to a lack of public transportation.

METRO Board President John Thompson, cutting ribbon, and METRO General Manager Greg Jordan, third from left, join local and state officials including Maine Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt, second from left, at launch ceremonies for the extension of BREEZ express bus service to Brunswick, ME.

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