Those interested in whether transit could work in Midcoast Maine will want to attend one of two upcoming public informational meetings.

On Monday, June 24 at the Rockland Public Library and again on Tuesday, June 25 in the Washington Street Conference Room in the Camden Opera House, the Midcoast Transit Committee and consultants from Nelson/Nygaard will roll out the first findings on potential transit in the region. Both meetings begin at 6:30 pm.

These public outreach sessions are intended to bring the public up to date on information gathered from the study’s online consumer survey, employer survey, data received from area transportation providers and research based on regional and national data. The meeting will include breakout groups so residents can help refine the information received from these sources.

“The reality of a daily transit system could exist for our Midcoast area, Camden to Thomaston, and this grant will provide the needed research to allow us to take the next step,” said Don White of Camden, chairman of the Midcoast Transit Committee, in a news release. “These two public sessions will give residents and businesses an opportunity to weigh in on the study’s findings to-date.”

Daily bus service ended in the Midcoast area in the late 1950s and attempts at seasonal daily transit have been short lived since then. However, during the past several years, localized daily transit systems have met with success in the Bar Harbor area, Augusta, York County, Bethel area and in the Sugarloaf area. Some of these systems are seasonal.

“While Coastal Trans and others offer services in our four town area, there has been increased talk of creating a bus or van daily transit system. In October of 2011, Lee Karker of Coastal Trans and Tim Sullivan of Rockland hosted a transit get-together at the Rockland Public Library and in January of this year, Nelson/Nygaard was hired to study the possibility of daily transit between our four towns,” White said.

“We’ll be talking about the details around the economics and ridership needs for putting together a successful transit system in a rural area,” Carol Morris, public outreach consultant for the study, said. “We think that will be of interest to people who are serious about transit here. There has already been an astounding response to the online survey,” she said, “and so we are looking forward to good turnout and lively discussion at both these meetings.”

The online survey about travel habits relating to a transit service is available on each of the four communities websites and at in transit study section.

White said that, “a daily transit service might help families with no car or those with one car. It might help students getting around after school, and in the summer help visitors more easily get around our four town area.”

The transit study is also available through Facebook; study updates are posted at the Midcoast planning website.

Those who have questions about the meeting can email Carol Morris at or call 329-6502.