A nearly $2 million grant will help replace Bangor's aging fleet of Community Connector buses.

You'll be seeing brand new buses cruising around the Bangor area. The City of Bangor has received a grant to upgrade the Community Connector fleet. The $1,944,540 grant comes from the Federal Transit Administration’s Buses and Bus Facilities Grants Program.

Senator Susan Collins made the announcement in a press release saying:

"For more than 40 years, public transportation has played a key role in the economic growth of the greater Bangor area. The Bangor Community Connector Public Transit System provides effective, safe, and reliable transportation for Bangor area residents, many of whom rely on bus services as their primary means of transportation.  This important investment will enable the City of Bangor to significantly upgrade their aging bus fleet, increasing access to employment, education, and healthcare in both our rural and urban areas.”

Officials say the Community Connector’s ridership has doubled in the last decade.

The Community Connector serves the greater Bangor area, including Brewer, Hampden, Orono, Veazie, Old Town and the University of Maine.

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