Maine Ending Commuter Van Service

Updated 2 years ago

A state-run van service that helps more than 200 commuters who travel long distances to work is ending in May because there is no money to replace the service’s aging passenger vans.The Maine Department of Transportation says a lack of federal funding to the vehicles prompted it to end the service.Most commuters who use the van pool service are state workers who go to Augusta. Other routes include Portland to Lewiston, Augusta to Portland, and Van Buren to Limestone.The Portland Press Herald reports that service may be continued by a private company, but it depends on how many people want service on a particular route and the cost.Joshua Henry, a chemistry professor at Bates College in Lewiston, commutes from Portland. He says many people are “upset.”


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