BANGOR – The city of Bangor will receive millions in funding to improve the local bus system.
The Community Connector has no designated bus stops. Passengers have to wave to signal for buses to stop.
The Federal Transit Administration will grant nearly $397,000 to fund passenger shelters and boarding stops to the city of Bangor.
With this funding, signs will be installed to tell riders where to wait and catch the bus.
Bus drivers believe having designated bus stops will make rides more convenient and efficient.
“I think a bus stop where people know where to stand, buses know where to pull over and stop and pick people up and drop off in a safe manner is good for all of us,” said bus driver Darrell Parks.
As of right now, the Community Connector uses a “flag stop” hailing model.
According to the superintendent of the Community Connector, this funding project has been in the works for years and still has a long way to go.
“It’s a very big, big project. For someone to think it’s like putting sticks in the ground, it’s not really true. It’s a very big project. It’s going to take a lot of thought and effort,” said superintendent of the Community Connector Laurie Linscott.
The designated stops will reduce traffic flow and maintenance and create a more accessible ride for passengers.
The renovations are projected to be finished within the next three years.