Dover FastTrans Commuter Connector Service to be Piloted
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Contact: Rad Nichols, Executive Director, COAST
Dover, NH – After announcing service reductions for the Dover FastTrans service earlier this month, COAST staff continued to think about ways to retain portions of the service that were slated for elimination. The result is a new pilot service that will serve as a limited commuter connection along NH155, NH108, Locust St., and Portland Ave. to downtown.
The new service will include two morning inbound trips and two evening outbound trips. It will connect neighborhoods otherwise slated to lose all COAST service with other bus routes and downtown during weekday peak commute periods. This will allow current and future riders working the day shift to continue using the bus to access work, including jobs at Liberty Mutual in Dover, for example. Each planned inbound and outbound trip coincides with a time that the trip could not be easily made using Wildcat Transit, even during their full service times.
The new pilot service will begin on June 25th and continue through the end of September, 2012. COAST and the City will evaluate the functionality of the service during the summertime using daily on/off counts for all stop locations and reassess the long-term viability in September, if funds and ridership support continuation.
In the morning the buses will start on NH155 near the Dover/Madbury Town line at 6:35 & 7:35 am for arrivals at the downtown Dover Transportation Center at 7:05 and 8:05 am. The route will travel along NH155, then on NH108 headed into downtown. The bus will continue out to Portland Ave. and finally end at the Dover Transportation Center downtown. Riders may board or alight at existing COAST stops being retained for this service.
In the evening the buses will start at the downtown Dover Transportation Center at 5:08 & 6:08 pm after receiving passengers connecting from other routes before traveling outbound into the neighborhoods. The evening route will run on a very similar route as in the morning.
All other times of the day connections may be made using Wildcat Transit Route 3, except for riders on Portland Ave. whose nearest access is Main St. at Janetos’.
For more information on this pilot, including a map and schedule, visit www.coastbus.orgor call the COAST office at (603) 743-5777.
The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has provided public transit service to the Seacoast New Hampshire region since 1982. Over 11.5 million passengers have boarded COAST buses. COAST is a public, non-profit transit system that relies primarily on federal and local government support to operate.