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Monday, November 25, 2013

RTP bus service starts Monday - By Elizabeth Richards


The long awaited and much anticipated Portland to Naples bus route will begin service on Monday, November 25th, according to an announcement on the Regional Transportation Program’s website.  And for the rest of 2013, the service will be free.
 
The bus has stops in Portland, Westbrook, Windham, Raymond and Casco.  The regular fare will be $3 for a one-way ticket, and includes a free transfer to METRO and the South Portland City Bus Service, to be used on the next available bus to the rider’s end destination.
 
The service begins in Portland at the METRO Pulse station on Elm Street.  The stops en route to Naples are: 333 Elmwood Avenue in Westbrook (Pride’s Corner); The North Windham Mall at the entrance to Smitty’s Cinema at 795 Roosevelt Trail; Sunset Variety at 1337 Roosevelt Trail in Raymond; Clyde Bailey Drop-In Center at 224 Roosevelt Trail in Casco; and the American Legion Hall at 26 Casco Road in Naples.

Service will run Monday through Friday, with no service on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The bus has four scheduled runs each way, with the first bus leaving Naples at 6 a.m, and Portland at 7:20 a.m.  There are two morning runs, an afternoon run and an evening run each way. The full schedule is available at the RTP website, www.rtprides.org.

Questions and comments can be directed to Daniel Goodman, dgoodman@rtprides.com.

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