Public Notice - Elimination of Route 7 Service Proposed

Thursday, March 5, 2015

For a number of years, some communities along Route 7 have not fully funded COAST’s financial requests, resulting in the need to reexamine whether the service could be sustained.  Over the fall and winter, COAST staff held several meetingswith key stakeholders along the bus route to examine alternatives to a proposed elimination of Route 7.  Ultimately, without adequate local financial support COAST cannot continue to sustain Route 7 bus service (which serves to connect Exeter, Newmarket, Stratham, Greenland, Portsmouth, and Newington).  Unfortunately, the discussions did not result in solutions to avoid the elimination of Route 7. The proposed elimination also includes all associated complementary ADA paratransit service along the portions of the corridor serviced solely by Route 7.