The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has proudly served the Seacoast region of New Hampshire (Rockingham and Strafford Counties) and Berwick, Maine, with affordable, safe transportation since 1982. In that time, COAST buses have carried over 11.5 million passengers.
Originally founded as a private, non-profit organization in 1981, COAST operates as an independent public body through the passage of NH RSA 239 by the New Hampshire State Legislature in 1985. As a regional public transit system, COAST is not part of a specific municipal government (like in Nashua or Manchester), nor are we a transit authority like the MBTA. We work cooperatively with the towns and cities we serve to establish funding sources, routes and levels of service.
Every COAST passenger pays a reasonable and affordable fare to ride. In 2011, fare revenues covered approximately 10% of our overall operating costs. COAST relies on the support of taxpayers to cover the majority of the remaining costs to operate our service. Most of our funding comes from federal taxes, distributed through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) back to the states of New Hampshire and Maine for public transit. Federal funds cannot be accessed without non-federal matching funds. The financial contributions received from the towns and cities we serve make up the remainder of the taxpayer support we receive. Non-taxpayer revenues, generated through the sale of advertising on our bus fleet and other partnerships, also contribute to the funding of our system.
COAST is governed by a Board of Directors. The directors represent the communities served by COAST, as well as various local, regional and statewide organizations that participate in COAST or have other connections to our organization. Our board meets monthly to set policy, approve contracts, and provide direction and oversight for the organization. Find out more about how COAST is governed and what organizations we are affiliated with at the Board of Directors page.
Information on accessible transportation provided by COAST. All of our fixed route buses are fully accessible as required by law.