Oh the Places you Can Go on METRO
Scroll below for sample trips from Westbrook & Falmouth
Heading to the beach?
-Take METRO #4 to Congress St. in Portland, Transfer to METRO #1 to East End Beach.
- Take METRO #4 to Congress St. in Portland, Transfer to South Portland Route #1
to Willard Beach, Spring Point Lighthouse or Bug Light.
Out to the movies?
- Take METRO #4 to Congress St. in Portland, walk to Nickelodeon on Temple St. or
The Movies at Portland Museum of Art
- Take METRO #4 to Elm Street PULSE in Portland, transfer to #7 to Falmouth
Shopping, lunch in the Old Port?
- Take METRO #4 to Elm Street and walk down Temple Street or transfer to #8 at Monument Square to travel into to the waterfront and the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal.
Shopping at the Maine Mall?
- Take METRO #4 to Elm Street PULSE in Portland, transfer to #5 to Mall.
(METRO #5 also provides service to Amtrak, Hadlock Field and the JetPort.)
Heading to the beach?
- METRO #7 to Congress St., transfer to METRO #1, Monument Sq. bus stop to East End Beach.
- METRO #7 to Congress St., transfer to South Portland Route #1 to Willard Beach, Spring Point Lighthouse or Bug Light (SMCC bus stop).
-Take METRO #7 to Congress St. (or stop along the way and walk to Mackworth Island), transfer to METRO #8 at Monument Sq. bus stop to Casco Bay Lines and take a ferry to an island beach.
Out to the movies?
- METRO #7 to Congress St. in Portland, walk to Nickelodeon on Temple St. or
The Movies on Exchange St. (or walk to the Old Port, Portland Waterfront and
- METRO #7 to Regal Cinemas in Falmouth.
Shopping at the Maine Mall?
- METRO #7 to Elm Street PULSE in Portland, transfer to METRO #5 to Maine Mall.
(METRO #5 also provides service to Amtrak, Concord Coach, Hadlock Field
and the JetPort.)
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ABOUT THE FALMOUTH FLYER
The Falmouth Flyer Bus (Portland Metro # 7) runs between Falmouth and Portland on Rt. 1. And last year, a new route was added to serve the Foreside via Johnson Rd. and Rt 88. Have you been waiting to try the Flyer? Here are some ideas for bringing this safe, clean, easy Falmouth transportation choice into your schedule. Hop on today, or plan an excursion with kids, family, and neighbors. Have fun, save money, lead a more active lifestyle, increase our country’s energy security, and be green! See you on the bus!
Six buses a day currently run to the Foreside, two in early morning and four in late afternoon. From 10 AM to 3 PM, you can use the Park ‘N Ride. (Park between green signs in front of old Shaws. If you bike, there are bike racks at Shaws, and an easy-to-use rack is mounted on the front of the bus. The driver is happy to help if needed). The bus leaves Shaws for Oceanview at 10 minutes before the hour, returns to Shaw’s, and heads for Portland 5 min. after each hour. Kids under 5 ride free (more fare info. on reverse). Transfer at Metro Pulse, on Elm St. just opposite the newly renovated Portland Library, to connect to the Portland area—and the world!
FORESIDE TO PORTLAND TRIPS
TIMES ending in :55 are from Town Landing Market; adjust by a few minutes to find the time from your nearest stop (marked by yellow /red Metro sign). Stop not listed on the schedule? Ask your driver, who will be happy to tell you the return time.
Commute to Portland as many mornings as you like, leaving at 6:55 or 7:55 AM from Town Landing Market. Return on the 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, or 6:30. And did you know, GoMaine will provide you a free taxi or van ride home if you have a work emergency or miss the bus from work? See GoMaine.org for details.
Portland Public Library, Maine Historical Society, Old Port. The Flyer runs straight from the Foreside to the newly-renovated Portland Public Library and is convenient to everything in the Old Port and to Congress St. Take the 3:55 to Portland and the 6:30 home. For longer or earlier trips, use the Park ‘N Ride strategy.
Family Restaurant Outing to Veranda Thai.
Especially fun on a Friday or Saturday. Take the 3:55 to Washington/Veranda St. (get off at the Pizza parlor). Enjoy the excellent food at Veranda Thai and catch the 5:38 home. For dessert, head to Beal’s Ice Cream next door and take the 6:38 home, or else deboard from the 5:38 at Waldos/ SuperScoop on Rt. 1 and finish your cones awaiting the 6:45 on its way back to the Foreside.
Late Afternoon Stress-free Portland Date. Take the 3:55 to Monument Square, arrive at 4:30 and enjoy one of the cafes, bars, tea shops, or bookstores around Monument Square for a relaxing, driving-free date before taking the 6:30 home.
Fun on Munjoy Hill/East End. Take the 3:55 to the creative East End Shopping District and savor some of the coolest spots in Southern Maine: Silly’s and North Star Café. Use the studio at Portland Pottery or if you’re over 21, check out happy hour at The Snug; no worry about driving. Catch the 6:35 home.
Local Shopping Day: Portland Farmers Market and Micucci’s Grocery. Take the 7:55 AM on a Wednesday to Monument Square’s Public Market café, then shop the Farmer’s Market (“one of America’s best”—Travel & Leisure). Catch the 12:30 Flyer back towards Falmouth, getting off at Congress and India. Just down India towards the water is Micucci’s famous Italian Market. Lunch on the best pizza in town, shop, and stroll back to Congress with your goodies for the 3:40 home.
PARK ‘N RIDE FROM SHAWS / WALMART
Park ‘N Ride to Portland and Return Anytime, All Day. With Park ‘N Ride (or Bike ‘N Ride) you have more schedule flexibility. There's a specially marked Park ‘N Ride lot in front of the old Shaws where you can leave your car any time, or use the two bike racks. Catch the bus into Portland at five minutes after the hour (9:05, 10:05, etc), and return from Monument Square every hour on the half hour (11:30, 12:30, etc.).
Portland Library Story Time. Kids LOVE riding the bus, and excursions are so much more enjoyable with no downtown parking hassles. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you show your kids how to care about the earth! Ride the 10:05 to Tuesday’s 10:30 AM Story Hour (the 9:05 leaves time for muffins beforehand at Public Market).
Summer Beach Adventure. Grab your hat and flip-flops and catch any bus to Monument Square. Transfer at Metro Pulse, Elm St. just opposite the newly renovated Portland Library, for Metro #1 to East End Beach or South Portland #1 to Willard Beach.
Peaks Island Getaway. Deboard from any bus at Congress and India for a brief walk to Casco Bay Lines. Enjoy Peaks at your leisure; forget about parking costs!
Bike ‘N Ride Adventures. If you enjoy biking but not too many miles, put your bike on any bus from Shaws to Mackworth or Audubon, enjoy exploring, then bike home, or bus to Shaws and bike home.
FORESIDE TO FALMOUTH TRIPS
Falmouth House of Pizza or Regal Cinema.
Great for groups of middle-school and young high-school kids to do on their own! Board the 3:55 at Town Landing (or anywhere on Rt 88 or Johnson Rd), catch a 4:30 movie or early pizza dinner at FHop, Stonyfield, or Ricettas, then ride the 6:50 back to Falmouth Foreside.
Falmouth Rt. 1 Errands. Ride the 3:55 to Shaws or Walmart and walk to Leavitt and Sons, Black Cherry, Staples, UPS, RiteAid, Walmart, True North, the library, hair salons, bookstores, pet stores, banks, Radioshack, or whatever you need, catching the 5:50 or 6:50 home. Falmouth’s central Route 1 area is very walkable, with safe sidewalks and crossings and pleasant landscaping.
Morning Pick-Me-Up. Pop onto the first bus of the day (6:55 AM) to pick up bagels at Bernie’s (deboard at Walmart); the 7:40 home will stop for you just across Rte. 1. Or try a peaceful ride to get a newspaper at Town Landing Market or coffee at Maine Roasters Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Starbucks—or simply stroll on the Mackworth causeway before your day begins (unsure where to deboard? The friendly driver will show you).
Audubon Bird Walk. Take the 3:55 PM to Gilsland Farm; walk past community gardens into the bird-filled Sanctuary. Take the 5:40 or 6:40 home, just across Rt. 1.
Falmouth Memorial Library: After-school or Saturday Expedition. Board the 3:55 to Stonyfield or Bernie's for an after-school snack, then walk over to the Library. Catch the 5:50 or 6:50 home.
Morning Errand. For a quick errand, catch the 6:55 to
Route 1; Shaws and Walmart both open at 7 AM. Take the 7:46 home at Walmart or 7:50 at Shaws.
Falmouth Family Health/ Maine Medical Center
On request to the driver, or call Metro at 774-0351.
“See you on the Bus!”
BUS FARES AND PASSES
1.50. Exact change (bills or coins) required.
Seniors .75. Students w/ ID 1.25. Kids under 5 free.
PASSES available at Shaws or Metro Pulse:
Unlimited Summer Youthpass June-August $20
10-Rides $13.50, Monthly Pass $40
DID YOU KNOW. . .
It is 79% safer to take a bus than to drive your own vehicle.
A bus trip produces 95% less carbon monoxide and nearly 50% less carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide per passenger mile than the same trip by private vehicle.
40% of the U.S. dependency on foreign oil would cease if 1 in 10 Americans took the bus.
Transfer Options include Maine Mall, Airport. Trailways/Amtrak. See Metro website for details.
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