PI Loop Sees Early Success
Organizers are very happy with ridership numbers after the PI Loop has completed its first two weeks in service.
Launched on October 15, the ride service saw 55 riders the first day and over 600 riders in the subsequent two weeks. Going Places Co-Chair, Jamie Chandler, said the numbers exceeded initial projections and they see ridership increasing as the word gets out and the temperatures drop. “The community including riders, sponsors, partners and volunteers all see the value of the service and are grateful that this resource is now available in our community.”
The PI Loop is a fixed bus route system with 16 stops strategically placed throughout Presque Isle. Each stop is designed to help the public connect with housing, work, education, healthcare, social services and retail locations throughout Presque Isle.
The PI Loop has received financial support from several local businesses, civic organizations and individuals and contributions continue to come in to support the project.
The first two weeks for the PI Loop were offered to riders at no charge. This was to allow riders time to learn about the new service and for organizers time to iron out any wrinkles. As of November 1st, a regular fare for the bus, which consists of a one-on and one-off, will cost riders $1.75. A roundtrip fare is $3.50. Discounted fares are available based on eligibility criteria. The lower rates will be offered to individuals 18 years and under, 60 years and older, persons with mobility disabilities, and active military and veterans and spouses with military ID. Children five years of age and under will ride for free with a parent or guardian.
Regular and frequent users of the service will also have the opportunity to purchase either a Go Pass or Go Card. The Go Pass features two options: a 31-day and a seven-day. Both offer unlimited ridership for the designated period. The Go Card allows riders to load (and reload) funds with a declining balance when scanned each time the user boards the bus. Riders will be able to purchase fares using cash (exact change only), credit card or EBT on the bus. Go Passes and Go Cards can be purchased at kiosks at Aroostook Regional Transportation System (ARTS), ACAP or the Presque Isle Housing Authority office, and also from one’s own computer or mobile device.