COVID-19 Transportation and Transit Related Impacts
BACTS staff will be working remotely and are 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 4.27.20 – Masks, or any cover for mouth and nose, will be required to ride Community Connector buses.
Effective 4.7.20 – Community Connector posted a notice that no more than 10 passengers will be allowed on a bus at one time, and passengers must have an essential destination (e.g., work at an essential business, grocery store, medical care).
Effective 4.2.20 – In keeping with the restrictions mandated as part of Governor Mills’ Stay Healthy at Home directive, the City of Bangor asks that the public refrain from using the Community Connector bus unless it is for an essential reason or job. The Community Connector will remain operational for those who must use it to access essential goods/services and work essential jobs, but limiting the number of riders will help the community’s continued social distancing. For more information, please call 207-992-4670.
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 4.27.20 – All passengers must wear a mask while riding the bus.
Effective until further notice – One passenger per seat, alternating rows of seats vacant.
Effective 4.13.20 – Changes to the commuter services between Bangor/Brewer and Bar Harbor.
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 3.31.20 – Daily Service from Bangor to Caribou and Caribou to Bangor has been suspended indefinitely.
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
4.3.20 – The airport is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to remain open and provide air service. BGR is considered essential and remains open. In addition to domestic flights, BGR serves a diverse customer base of military, private charter, medical, and cargo flight operations. Please check with Airlines to confirm flight information before going to the airport.
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 4.2.20 through at least 4.30.20 – Governor Mills issued an Executive Order on March 31, 2020 which includes a Stay Healthy at Home Directive, requiring Maine people to remain at home unless to leave for an essential job or essential activity; Travel Restrictions, which prohibits the use of public transportation unless for essential reason or job and limits the number of people traveling in private vehicles to persons with in the immediate household unless transporting for essential personal activities; Termination of In-Person Instruction at Schools, which continues the order to cease classroom and in-person instruction until at least May 1, 2020; and Restriction on the Number of People in Essential Stores, the number of individuals allowed in the building at one time varies depending on square footage of the retail space and also imposes additional requirements for sanitation and signage.
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.
Like all US cities and towns, traffic in the BACTS region has been affected by Stay at Home orders. The map below shows points of interest for places where people spend money in the BACTS region with visitor count data as collected by Safe Graph Places. An analysis of 750 locations with more than 2 visitors per day over the three weeks ending May 9, shows increases in volume on weekdays and decreases on Saturdays and Sundays (with the exception of Thursday, April 30). In the three weeks, from April 19 to May 9, the overall number of visitors to these establishments within the BACTS region increased by 35.21%.