Brunswick Explorer adds early morning bus

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BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick Explorer bus service is adding a new early morning run in response to increasing demand.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the service will operate an eastbound bus beginning at 8 a.m., Explorer supervisor and driver Ed Hannan said. 

The additional run effectively closes a window that exists without eastbound service between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and means the Explorer will now provide seamless eastbound service between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., every hour on the hour.

Closing the gap is the most recent phase in restoring full service to the Explorer’s daily route, which was significantly reduced earlier this year by the previous operator, Coastal Trans of Rockland. Auburn-based Western Maine Transportation Services now operates the Explorer.

The Explorer’s eastbound route runs between the Mallard Pond apartment complex on Baribeau Road and Sweetser Health Services on Bath Road. The addition of the 8 a.m. bus will not affect the price of a ride; a single boarding fare will continue to cost $1, and a day pass remains $3. Customers must have exact change.