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Transportation Alternatives

ZOOM Turnpike Express Bus

A comfortable, convenient, and fast way to commute from Biddeford/Saco to downtown Portland. ZOOM is a commuter bus service that is operated by ShuttleBus and is partially funded by the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Maine Department of Transportation.

Biddeford/Saco to Portland is the busiest stretch of the Maine Turnpike. There are many commuters who drive in single occupancy vehicles from Exits 32 and 36 to Portland. ZOOM offers these people an alternative to get to work without many of the hassles that come with driving alone.

The buses are equipped with individual reading lights, wireless internet, and air conditioners so you can read, do work, or nap during your commute.  The cost to ride the ZOOM is most likely the same or less than driving alone to work. Once you add up gas money, wear and tear on your automobile, and parking, the ZOOM makes good economical sense.

ZOOM Turnpike Express stops are located at Exit 36 (Saco Park and Ride), Exit 32 (Biddeford Park and Ride) and at the following METRO bus stops in Portland:
  • Forest Avenue near Congress Street (nearby connections to Maine Medical Center shuttle)
  • Congress Street near Monument Square
  • METRO Pulse on Elm Street (downtown)

For more information:

Visit Shuttlebus-ZOOM on the web
Call the ShuttleBus at 207-282-5408
Email the ShuttleBus

GO MAINE

Go MaineGO MAINE is a free statewide commuter assistance program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments and is funded by the Maine Turnpike Authority and the Maine Department of Transportation. Commuter services include:
  • Carpool matching using a computerized database of commuters and commuter information
  • Carpool support, including Emergency Ride Home, and other Ridesharing incentives
  • Commuter information and referrals on regional transportation options through our toll free number: 800-280-RIDE and website: GOMAINE.org
  • Commute Another Way Week, an annual event to promote and facilitate alternative means of commuting to work including carpooling, vanpooling, transit, bicycling, walking, and telecommuting
GO MAINE also offers the following services to area employers and communities:
  • Assistance with travel demand management issues such as parking and congestion
  • Outreach and education on the benefits of alternative transportation in improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion
Join GO MAINE and the thousands of Maine commuters who have decided that carpooling and vanpooling makes sense for them. It can save you lots of money and it’s good for the environment! For more information on visit GO MAINE or call us at 800-280-RIDE.

EASTERN TRAIL

ETB-view-from-NB.jpgThe Eastern Trail is a 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway, a transportation-recreation trail system.   The Eastern Trail has a growing span of off-road sections, as well as a scenic on-road trail that mostly follows quiet country roads.

In August 2011, the Eastern Trail Pedestrian Bridge crossing the Maine Turnpike was completed.  This new crossing, located just north of the Kennebunk Service Areas was part of a larger joint MaineDOT and Eastern Trail Management District project.  As part of the overall project, a new 6.2 mile segment of the Eastern Trail was constructed.

The Eastern Trail now runs from South Portland to Kittery, with this bridge representing a critical link in that path.   The Maine Turnpike Authority viewed this project as a way to reconnect to the communities it serves and hopes that it will help to promote tourism, a green economy and healthier lifestyles for everyone.

Visit Eastern Trail on the web.
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