Transportation

METRO and South Portland Bus Service Introduce Regional Pass

Beginning in May, Greater Portland Transit District (METRO) and the South Portland Bus Service will offer a Regional Monthly Bus Pass, allowing seamless and affordable travel on both bus systems. The new pass will be sold for $45 per month for travel throughout Portland, South Portland, Westbrook and Falmouth.

Creating a regional pass was a priority recommendation of a Regional Coordination Study developed by the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) in 2007 as part of an effort “to identify opportunities to increase efficiencies of transit operations within Greater Portland and to work toward the development of one regional transportation system.”

South Portland resident Melanie Bruce said the Regional Pass is an excellent idea.

Yarmouth Parking Ban

Yarmouth Parking Ban

Starts 11pm 3/1 until 11pm Friday 4/1.

HOW’S YOUR PRESSURE?

HOW’S YOUR PRESSURE?

I’m a car guy! I enjoy the drive, the mechanics and everything to do with cars. But like most other owners and drivers, I sometimes fall short when it comes to the more tedious aspects of cars, namely maintenance. I am diligent when it comes to the important things like oil changes, tire rotations and the latest recalls. On the other hand, when it comes to checking tire pressure, I tend to drop the ball.

I have no excuse for this failure. It’s not that it’s a hard thing to do; just take the cap off of the stem, apply the gauge and read the pressure. You don’t even have to dig out the owner’s manual. Manufacturers make it easy and convenient to get the pressure right by posting the figures on the door saddle. The driver just needs to take the time and do it.

The experts say to check your tire pressure monthly. I imagine few people are that conscientious. Quarterly seems much more realistic, but I have been guilty of only checking mine with the change of the seasons.

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Pursuit Boat’s New Inshore Series Draws Rave Reviews

Pursuit Boat’s new inshore series debuted last week at the Miami International Boat Show with much fanfare. The new boat line features smaller boats designed to appeal to a new market of boaters with quality and affordability in mind. The new models will be available at Yarmouth Boat Yard beginning in March.

Yarmouth Boat Yard owner Steve Arnold attended the Pursuit Dealer Council meeting, prior to the Miami Boat Show where he met with Pursuit executives to discuss the benefits of the new Pursuit 18 and 20 foot Center Consoles and the new Pursuit 23 foot Dual Console. In addition Pursuit has unveiled the new 31 Sport/Tender model.

“The new Pursuit series provides every boater with the opportunity to enjoy the versatility and unmatched performance from these new models,” said Arnold. “Yamaha engines have been selected specifically for each new Pursuit model.

METRO Service UPDATE: Presidents’ Day – 2011

METRO Service UPDATE:  Presidents’ Day – 2011

Greater Portland Transit District, METRO, will operate a Saturday service schedule for all routes on Presidents’ Day —Monday, February 21, 2011. The METRO office, located at 114 Valley Street will be closed.

METRO does not operate on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buses run on a Saturday service schedule on Presidents’ Day, Patriot’s Day and Columbus Day.

METRO, with bus ridership averaging 1.4 million annually, is Maine’s largest public transportation carrier, providing bus service to Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth and the Maine Mall area of South Portland.

For information and route schedules, visit http://www.gpmetrobus.com/- or call 774-0351.

Greater Portland Transit District METRO Holiday Bus Service Schedule

Listed below is the holiday bus service schedule for Greater Portland Transit District METRO:

Friday, December 24 -- Christmas Eve
No outbound buses will leave Elm Street after 7 p.m.
The last Maine Mall pickup time for METRO bus will be 6:40 p.m.
METRO office, at 114 Valley Street, will be closed.

Saturday, December 25 -- Christmas Day
No Bus Service.

Friday, December 31 -- New Year’s Eve
Regular Service
METRO office, at 114 Valley Street, will be closed.

Saturday, January 1, 2011 -- New Year’s Day No Bus Service.

METRO provides bus service to Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth and the Maine Mall area of South Portland.

For more information: METRO - http://www.gpmetrobus.com/ or call 774-0351.