For Immediate Release
November 22, 2019
Contact: Laurie Linscott, Bus Superintendent, Community Connector
Community Connector Receives $1.2M in Funding for New Bus Transit Center
BANGOR, MAINE – The City of Bangor’s Community Connector public transit system has received $1,286,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program to construct a new multimodal bus transit center with enhanced amenities.
The announcement was made earlier this week by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. The new multimodal bus transit center will offer improved accessibility to all transportation services provided in the Bangor area, including ADA needs. It will be the first upgrade for Bangor’s bus depot since 1989, when it was first built.
“The City of Bangor is extremely grateful to the Maine congressional delegation, including Senator Collins, and the U.S. Department of Transportation for this grant,” said Assistant City Manager Richard Cromwell. “It will allow us to make some major upgrades to our facilities, and increase the accessibility of our public transit system.”
In addition to Bangor, both the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Transit Committee have received funding to replace public transit vehicles that have exceeded their useful lives.
The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program makes federal resources available to states and direct recipients to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities.
The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County. Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine. The City is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. For information on City projects and news, see www.bangormaine.gov.