COVID-19 Transportation and Transit Related Impacts
BACTS is committed to providing up to date information regarding COVID-19 and any impacts on transportation or transit service in the greater Bangor region. The following information is provided by our regional transportation partners, as well as the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT).
Effective 3.20.20 – Community Connector announced passengers will board from the rear door of the bus, unless using mobility devices. Fares will not be collected. Passengers will not occupy seats directly across from the driver and leave a seat between passengers whenever possible.
Effective 3.20.20 – Black Bear Orono Express is discontinuing Operations. Operations will resume at the beginning of the Fall 2020 Academic Year.
3.18.20 – Transportation Services for non-emergency medical transportation trips are currently in service; however, many healthcare providers are following recommendations, that all non-urgent medical procedures, elective surgeries, and appointments be postponed until further notice. For non-medical trips, trips to food pantries, grocery stores and pharmacies will take priority. They are requesting postponing all non-essential trips until further notice.
Effective 3.28.20 – Concord Coach Lines will suspend all operations until further notice. They will continue to run on the current schedule through the day on Friday, March 27th, 2020.
Effective 3.22.20 – Maine and NH service to Boston and Logan Airport will be reduced to an abridged daily service schedule. Bangor Terminal Hours are reduced to 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Effective 3.20.20 – Last Day of Service to Bates College
Effective 3.18.20 – Last Day of Service to Colby College
Effective 3.14.20 – Last Day of Service to University of Maine Orono
Effective 3.17.20 – Daily Service from Bangor to Caribou and Caribou to Bangor has been suspended until 4.1.20 (and may be extended if necessary)
Greyhound Bus Services has temporarily moved its Bangor area Bus Stop from Dysart’s in Hermon to Bangor International Airport 287 Godfrey Boulevard at the end of the passenger terminal on the right hand side. There will not be a ticket counter at the Airport. Tickets will need to be purchased in advance online and will be required for boarding. For more information please visit greyhound.com
3.24.20 – Airport Director, Tony Caruso, said, “Today was the first day we experienced cancellations from domestic flights. American has canceled most of their flights except for three that operate today. Delta canceled all their flights, but United and Allegiant continue to operate on their normal schedule.” View flight status. They are requesting terminal traffic be limited to airline passengers, airport, and other essential employees. If you are picking someone up, please wait in the cell phone parking area.
3.23.20 – Commissioner Van Note released a statement stating that safety is the top priority of MaineDOT – both of MaineDOT workers, and the traveling public. Road crews still need to help first responders during traffic incidents and fill potholes as the weather gets warmer. Capital projects still need to be designed, put out to bid, and constructed. The men and women of MaineDOT are still working, either remotely or outdoors. MaineDOT has updated their Continuity of Operations Plan and made some construction bid receiving and opening procedure changes in order to safety maintain operations and continue essential repairs and improvements to our transportation infrastructure. They have temporarily limited some public access to their facilities.
Effective 3.25.20 through 4.8.20, Under the authority granted to her during a State of Civil Emergency, Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order mandating that all non-essential businesses and operations in Maine close their physical locations that are public facing, meaning those that allow customer, vendor or other in-person contact. The Order also closes non-essential business sites that require more than ten workers to convene in a space where physical distancing is not possible. Non-essential businesses and operations may continue activities that do not involve these types of in-person contact and convenings, and should facilitate the maximum number of employees working remotely.