Community Connector Fixed Route Public Transit System
****IMPORTANT SERVICE CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19****
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the face mask requirement for all transportation networks, including public transportation, through March 18, 2022. TSA’s initial face mask requirement went into effect on February 1, 2021, with an initial expiration date of May 11, 2021. It was first extended through September 13, 2021, and then to January 18, 2022.
While this announcement extends the date of enforcement, all other aspects of the requirement remain unchanged, including exemptions and civil penalties.
TSA also issued a statement on the face mask extension. Learn more about FTA’s guidance to the transit industry on the Federal mask requirement for public transit at the FTA Transit Mask Up webpage.
About the Community Connector
The Community Connector is a fixed route public transit system operated by the City of Bangor for the communities of the Greater Bangor Urbanized Area. These include Bangor, Brewer, Veazie, Orono, Old Town, and Hampden. The bus also provides service to Husson University, NESCOM (New England School of Communications), Eastern Maine Community College and the University of Maine. The City of Bangor supplies service to these communities on a contractual basis. Our base of operation is 475 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine 04401. The City of Bangor has been operating public transportation since December 1972.
The Community Connector owns a total of 22 transit vehicles. The motorbus fleet is 100 percent wheelchair lift equipped. In FY 2008, BAT Community Connector provided 814,643 rides, covered 590,855 vehicle revenue miles with 3,311,545 passenger miles, and operated 40,156 vehicle revenue hours using 14 active vehicles. This translates into 20.29 passengers per vehicle revenue hour, 209 passengers per day per vehicle, or 2654 passengers per day.
The Community Connector operates within the urbanized area of the six member communities. The routes are within walking distance of 75% of the population of the six communities. The service area covers 103 miles of roadway (measured one-way only).
The Community Connector provides service system-wide Monday through Friday. Saturday service is offered for all routes. No Sunday service is provided. The basic hours of operation are from 6:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. The first time that all routes converge at the downtown Bangor depot is 6:45 a.m. The final time all buses converge is 5:15 p.m. with most converging finally at 5:45 p.m.
Major Arterial services includes the following:
- Route 1A area of Hampden, Bangor, and Brewer
- Route 2 area of Old Town, Orono, Veazie, and Bangor
- Route 15 area of Bangor and Brewer
- Route 222 area in Bangor
- Route 9 area in Brewer
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Please note: offices are not open on holidays when buses are running)
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2021 Observed Holidays
New Year’s Day
Friday, January 1
Monday, May 31
Monday, September 6
Thursday, November 25
Saturday, December 25
The Black Bear Orono Express follows the University of Maine’s break schedule. To view specific holiday information for the Black Bear Orono Express, please click here.