Title

"City" piece on the Greater Portland Metro public transportation system, which s

Authors

Connie Pacillo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

2-18-1999

Pages

8, 9

Abstract

"City" piece on the Greater Portland Metro public transportation system, which spent $24,860 on advertising and marketing in 1997. But ridership, at 1,163,130 fares, actually declined half a percent (6,472) from the previous year. In 1998, Portland paid $1.9 million and Westbrook paid $284,000 to keep the buses running. This spring, Metro will launch a $1 million, federally funded pilot project to improve service on Forest Avenue, doubling the frequency of service from every 30 minutes to every quarter hour. Portland city councilor Jim Cloutier, who chairs the Brighton Avenue task force, which is studying urban sprawl and commuter traffic problems along city arterials, said public buses will be part of the solution.

Subjects

Greater Portland Transit District

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