Wednesday, September 4, 2019
City Council Chambers
Lewiston City Hall
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The public comment period is Thursday, August 29, 2019, through 4:00 PM on Monday, September 16, 2019. Comments can be submitted in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Marsha Bennett, AVCOG, 125 Manley Road, Auburn, ME 04210 or by calling 783-9186. The public is encouraged to attend.
Accommodation will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advanced request. Contact Marsha Bennett, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, 125 Manley Road, Auburn, Maine 04210. Telephone: (207) 783-9186. Email: email@example.com.
Proposed citylink System Improvements
The Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee (LATC) is proposing to increase citylink service back to 2016 service levels prior to funding cuts that took effect October 1, 2017. LATC is proposing to restore service to the New Auburn and Mall Shuttle routes, make route adjustments to the Main Street and Downtown Shuttle route, and add a new route to Pettengill Park in Auburn. These changes are for weekday service only.
Approved changes will take effect January 2, 2020.
Proposed Route Improvements for Weekday Service:
Main Street –
ü Remain at 60-minute headway (bus leaves the station every hour to run the Main Street route).
ü 13 30-minute/day trips; 6.5 hours of daily service.
ü The schedule currently shows Main Street with a 14 minute layover in the parking lot at Marden’s and arriving back at the Oak Street Station with 10 minutes to spare. As a result of the last study, the route was extended to Canal Street/Cedar/Lincoln Street to add time to the route to fit it to a 60-minute run, as well as, providing some coverage for the section of route that was eliminated when the New Auburn route was reduced.
ü The bus currently goes into Geiger School. The school has requested that citylink not enter the school on its 8:15 AM and 2:15 PM run to avoid conflict with school bus traffic. (Exceptions can be made if a child is on the bus.)
ü Outbound the bus currently serves Mollison Way doing an out and back (Mollison Way to Fair Street to College to Fair to Mollison) before proceeding out Main Street to College and back to Main Street via Mollison Way.
Sabattus Street – No change.
Lisbon Street – No change.
New Auburn – (reinstate the 2016 route)
ü This route will be a 60-minute run starting at the Downtown Auburn Transportation Center, traveling through New Auburn and Little Canada to the Lewiston Bus Station, and then returning to the Downtown Auburn Transportation Center via Little Canada and New Auburn. The proposed weekday route will be the same as the Saturday route.
ü New Auburn is currently a 30-minute run that operates every hour. There are 10 30-minute trips per day for a total of 5 hours.
ü The improvement to New Auburn provides an additional 7.5 hours of service per day and moves 0.5 hours currently at the end of the day to the beginning.
Downtown Shuttle/Minot Avenue –
ü Minot Avenue route currently is a 30-minute route that runs hourly beginning at 7:15 AM for 11 trips per day for 5.5 hours of daily service.
ü Downtown Shuttle is currently a 30-minute route that runs every hour beginning at 7:45 AM for 10 trips per day, a total of 5 hours per day.
College Street/Mall Shuttle – No change.
Auburn Malls/(Mall Shuttle) -
ü The first run at 6:15 AM will depart the Downtown Auburn Transportation Center and head to Walmart where it will return to the Transportation Center. The College Street/Mall Shuttle bus will be at Walmart for any Auburn Malls passengers that need to transfer to the Mall Shuttle.
Auburn Malls is currently operating a 30-minute run at 60-minute headways but alternating routes with New Auburn. Auburn Malls service is currently 10 trips/day, a total of 5 hours of daily service.
ü The Mall Shuttle route will share a bus with College Street and the Auburn Malls, alternating every 30 minutes.
The Mall Shuttle currently runs every 60-minutes for a total of 12 trips/day; 6 hours of daily service.
ü The bus would depart the Oak Street bus station, turn left onto Bates Street, turn left onto Main Street, proceed into Auburn, turn right into Great Falls Plaza, proceed to the DATC. Depart the DATC via Hampshire Street, merge onto Gamage Avenue, turn right onto Wilson Street, turn left onto Field Avenue, turn right onto the Pettengill Park road, turn around in Hasty Memorial Gym parking lot to exit Pettengill Park onto Field Avenue, turn left, turn right onto Wilson Street, turn left onto Gamage Avenue, turn left onto Hampshire Street, proceed into Great Falls to DATC. Depart DATC via Great Falls Plaza road turning left onto Court Street/Longley Memorial Bridge, turn right onto Park Street, turn left onto Oak Street, proceed to the Oak Street bus station.
There are no proposed schedule changes to the Sabattus Street, Lisbon Street and College Street bus routes. When funds were cut in FY 2017, none of these routes were impacted by any reductions in service. At this time, there are no changes to the hours of service.
All Auburn bus routes, New Auburn, Minot Avenue and Auburn Malls, connect with the Downtown Shuttle at 6:45 AM at the Downtown Auburn Transportation Center to transfer to the Oak Street bus station.Route Maps will be available September 4, 2019.