The first-of-its-kind fixed route bus service in northern Maine will launch on October 15.

 

The service will connect riders to retail locations, work, education, healthcare, housing, and social services throughout Presque Isle.

Officials with the Going Places Network announced details for The PI Loop, including the route, location of bus stops throughout the Star City, technology features and ridership fares.

The bus will run seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The initial schedule will be effective October 15 through October 31. Another schedule will be released effective November 1st as officials assess ridership needs and make any needed adjustments.

There will be 16 stops around Presque Isle, running from the University of Maine at Presque Isle on the southern end of the city to the Aroostook Centre Mall on the northern end, as well as three stops in the Skyway Industrial Park and Northern Light A. R. Gould Memorial Hospital.

Aroostook Regional Transportation System (ARTS), a member of the Going Places Network, will provide the service beginning October 15 in a brand new 36-seat, fully accessible, metro style passenger bus recently purchased with a donation by philanthropist Mary Smith.

Fare for a one-on, one-off ride will cost $1.75. Roundtrip fare will be $3.50. Discount fares will also be available based on eligibility. Regular or frequent riders will also be able to purchase either a Go Pass or Go Card. 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 ARTS, ACAP or the Presque Isle Housing Authority office, and also from your computer or mobile device.

City Manager Martin Puckett is very excited to see the PI Loop service start up in the Star City. "The collaboration has led to an innovative transit service that is not only a first in Aroostook County but in the State of Maine.  The new service will meet the transportation needs of a wide range of the population,”