BANGOR- The $100,000 transit study focusing on the Community Connector is complete.
On Monday night, dozens of people from the community were at a city council workshop to hear the findings.
“Is it the most efficient and effective system? No. That’s why we were looking for some low hanging fruit and things we can do better,” said Sasha Pejcic, the managing principal transit advisory lead with Stantec.
Earlier this year, city officials hired Stantec to review the Community Connector’s bus service.
“I‘m really interested to see what they have to say and how their recommendations could make this a better and more productive bus service,” said Richard Cromwell, the assistant city manager.
The findings suggest $14 million in improvements.
Officials said $11 million would go toward replacing buses, while the remaining $3-million would go toward things such as infrastructure, technology, and marketing.
“We’re suggesting the city needs to develop bus landing pads, shelters, some really nice accommodations for people to wait for buses,” Pejcic said.
Pejcic said one of the most common suggestions made by community members during the study was later bus hours.
They recommended a pilot program extending the service to 8 p.m. with the possibility of changing that time to 9 p.m. later down the road.
“We heard a lot of positives,” Pejcic said. “A lot of people pulled me aside and said thank you, this is a well done study. It reaffirmed what we heard and gives me a greater sense we’ve done our job.”
Now that the study is done, it’s up to city officials to decide what’s next.