The goals of the study were to develop transportation options that:
- Optimize rural-urban and interregional connections
- Foster economic development
- Increase access to employment and education
- Build on the success of the current services
- Use appropriate service types/vehicles to match demand
- Are economically feasible and sustainable
The study was exhaustive and confirmed what we had learned from information gathered previously through our organization’s work, by AVCOG and others.
The study’s survey results were combined with US Census, US Department of Labor and both US and Maine Departments of Transportation data to create a needs analysis along with conservative ridership and cost projections.
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Western Maine Transportation Services is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) regional transportation corporation established by statute in 1976. WMTS serves Western Maine with public, wheelchair-accessible, “green” paratransit bus service in and around the more populated regions of its service area. The WMTS Community Rides program in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin Counties, Livermore and Livermore Falls, are funded by the United Way of Androscoggin County, United Way of Oxford County and United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. The ElderRides program for transportation to medical appointments is funded by Seniors Plus throughout the three counties.
In addition to providing rural flex-route and demand-response bus service, WMTS operates the GreenLine commuter service between Farmington and Lewiston~Auburn, Lisbon Connection bus service for the town of Lisbon and the Lewiston-Auburn citylink bus service for the Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee. WMTS is the operator of the Brunswick Explorer flex-route service. In cooperation the towns, local condominium associations and businesses, the Maine Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration, Western Maine Transportation Services, also operates the Bethel/Sunday River Mountain Explorer free shuttle and seasonal Mountain Express commuter buses and Sugarloaf Explorer free shuttle and Sugarloaf Express commuter buses. WMTS is headquartered in Auburn Maine and can be contacted by telephone at 800-393-9335, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at 76 Merrow Road, Auburn, ME 04210.
WMTS employees and volunteers are reviewed by the State of Maine Departments of Health and Human Services, Motor Vehicles, and Bureau of Investigation, and are trained in Children’s Transportation and Child Safety Restraint Systems. Employees are further trained in First Aid/CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens and Driving Dynamics.
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