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North Bus Service Proposed to be Eliminated

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NORTH BUS SERVICE PROPOSED TO BE ELIMINATED

Dover, NH, August 10, 2016 – The Alliance for Community Transportation (ACT) has made the decision to cease funding the North Bus as of September 30, 2016.  The elimination of this service was proposed as a result of low ridership and limited funding.  COAST has been operating this service on behalf of ACT since 2011 in Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, and Wakefield.

In light of this decision, COAST has been communicating with social service and transportation providers in the region in hopes of finding a more cost-effective strategy for assisting the North Bus’s current riders.  Individuals looking for transportation options are encouraged to visit ACT’s Community Transportation Directory at www.communityrides.org

COAST has also reached out to a number of groups in Wakefield to inform them that the service would be ending, and to help riders there find other services for doing their grocery shopping.

COAST’s ADA paratransit and fixed route services in Farmington will be unaffected by this change.

Prior to implementation of this proposed service reduction, ACT and COAST are soliciting and considering public comments. Comments are encouraged and should be submitted in writing to info@communityrides.org or 42 Sumner Drive, Dover, NH  03820 or by calling 1-855-SENH-BUS (toll free). A public hearing will be held should sufficient public comment or a written request for a public hearing be received by August 26. COAST will publish an announcement if a public meeting is scheduled.

The North Bus was launched in April 2011 in an attempt to help rural seniors and individuals with disabilities get to shopping and social services in Rochester.  COAST is grateful to all the volunteers who drove the North Bus during its five years of service.

ACT is the state-designated Regional Coordination Council (RCC) for Southeast New Hampshire. ACT’s mission is to facilitate the implementation of coordinated community transportation and encourage the development of improved and expanded regional community transportation

services. ACT’s membership is comprised of 24 member agencies, businesses and individuals, all working toward the shared mission. To find out more about ACT please visit www.communityrides.org or call 1-855-SENH-BUS (toll free).

COAST is Greater Seacoast New Hampshire’s public, non‐profit regional public transit system, with the mission of promoting and/or providing public mass transit services in Southeastern

New Hampshire. As a non‐profit public agency, COAST relies primarily on passenger fares, federal grants, local government support, and advertising revenues to operate its services. To find out more about the COAST system please visit www.coastbus.org or call 603‐743‐5777.

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