ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – Wednesday morning the Island Explorer bus system celebrated a major milestone.
Wayne and Charlene Ferguson and their dog, Annie, set out Wednesday morning to spend a day in Acadia National Park.
“Today we’re going to take the bus actually for something to do,” said Charlene Ferguson.
They had no idea that by stepping on that Island Explorer bus that they would become the system’s 7 millionth passengers.
“We thought it was pretty fascinating and exciting,” Charlene said.
And better yet, of all the passengers the bus carries, the Fergusons are from Maine.
“When they said they were from Yarmouth, Maine, I did a little jump inside because it’s nice for people from Maine to be in their National Park,” said Christie Anastasia, a spokesperson from Acadia National Park.
For years people visiting the National Park from all over have been using the Island Explorer bus system as a means to get around, but it’s also a way to keep the park clean.
“It’s an extraordinary service. It helps make our air cleaner, it keeps our parking lots from being congested,” said Kevin Schneider, Acadia National Park Superintendent.
“That many people are willing to use public transportation and understand how it makes the experience here so much more special,” Anastasia said.
“We absolutely love the bus service. We camp here, we leave the truck and we get on the bus at the campground,” Charlene said.
The Fergusons received an L.L. Bean bag full of goodies, including a one-year membership to Friends of Acadia.
And with all the excitement, the couple actually missed their next bus.
“Would you send another bus along for us?” Wayne Ferguson said.