Portland officials want opinions on bus service

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PORTLAND — The public is invited to share thoughts and ideas about improving public transportation downtown at a 6:30 p.m. meeting Thursday.

The meeting will be held in the State of Maine Room on the second floor of City Hall.

City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said city officials are working with local and regional transportation providers on how to best link the coming development at Thompson’s Point, the adjacent Portland Transportation Center, and the Portland International Jetport to the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal on Commercial Street and Metro Pulse on Elm Street.

Officials want public input on linking the sites, how to merge local and express bus services, and which other destinations need better transit service.

A study funded by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, and the city began in March and is expected to be completed in September. City funding for the transit service will be funded by a tax increment finance district established for Thompson’s Point.

For more information about the forum and study, contact city Transportation Program Manager Bruce Hyman at bhyman@portlandmaine.gov or 874-8717.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.