Updates to Route 7 start 4/22

Friday, April 12, 2013

Commute to Pease with Ease! New schedule starts on Earth Day!

Monday, April 12, 2013
Contact: Rad Nichols, Executive Director, COAST

Starting April 22, residents of Exeter, Newmarket, Stratham & Greenland will have a new option for commuting to the Pease International Tradeport. By realigning the COAST Route 7 bus service, workers and students from these communities can get to work or school on the Pease Tradeport before 8 am. This is the latest in a number of recent moves made by the Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) to improve and expand commuting alternatives in the greater Seacoast.

“The new schedule was designed with commuters in mind, getting riders to Pease for work or school before 8 am, and leaves just after 5 pm to head back home,” explained Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. “If I was commuting to Pease from Exeter on a daily basis, I would much rather pay $52 for a monthly bus pass and relax on the bus, than pay the same for only about a week’s worth of gas.”

For those worried about traffic nightmares in the region that were recently referenced in the local news, COAST offers multiple opportunities to avoid the hassles and frustration of traffic, as well as the high cost of driving to work. For more information on commuting options, take a quick visit to COAST’s website on your computer or smartphone and you have instant access to clear and easy-to-understand information on how to ride the bus, bus route maps and schedules, timely service updates (via Twitter or Facebook), and even helpful tools to plan your trip using apps like Google Transit or HopStop.

Also incorporated into the new schedule is a routing change that will bring COAST service to Linden Street in Exeter. The bus will go as far down Linden Street as the Deep Meadow Variety store at the entrance to the Exeter River MHP Cooperative, before turning around and heading back into downtown Exeter. Extending Route 7 to the hundreds of residents in this part of Town represents a significant expansion of public transit service within the community as a whole.

Other minor service adjustments, to streamline the bus route and reduce the overall time spent traveling, are also being made.

COAST was established in 1981 and began operating bus service in the fall of 1982. As a non-profit public agency, COAST depends on Federal Transit Administration grants, local funding, advertising, and rider fares to support our services. Find out more about the COAST system and their work to improve public transportation options in New Hampshire at www.coastbus.org or call us at 603-743-5777.

Find the new schedule here. The current schedule will remain online until 4/19/13.