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Borrow a Book, Get a FREE Ticket to Ride METRO
Available for Students  -- May 25-May 29, 2010

(Portland, ME) – Children and teens, 18 and younger, will receive a FREE ticket to ride on METRO Bus when they borrow a book at the newly remodeled Portland Public Library from May 24 – May 29, 2010.


The Portland Public Library, located at 5 Monument Square, Congress Street in Portland, celebrated a grand reopening in April, so it’s the perfect time to check out the library and some books at the same time. Highlights of the new space include a new children and teen library, additional computers for internet access and ongoing activities geared to children and teens. Library hours, special event listings and more information can be found at


“We want to encourage students to visit and explore this new, revitalized library,” says Denise Beck, director of marketing at Greater Portland Transit District METRO. “Travelling to and from the library on METRO Bus is affordable and convenient.”  All bus routes travel by the library, and the METRO Pulse, the in-town location for bus information, schedules and tickets is across the street from the library on Elm Street and adjacent to Congress Street.


Summer vacation is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time for students to visit the library to begin their summer reading lists. “This Library is committed to helping our youth live happier lives,” says Steve Podgajny, executive director of the Portland Public Library. “To have Metro make it possible for them to visit us is a wonderful thing!”


METRO and the library both share a long history in the City of Portland. The Portland Public Library was founded in 1867 and early records indicate that public transportation began in the 1860s, with the operation of horse car lines.


Portland Greater Portland Transit District METRO, with bus ridership averaging 1.4 million annually, is Maine’s largest public transportation carrier, providing bus service to Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth and the Maine Mall area of South Portland. For information route schedules and updates, visit or call 774-0351.

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Middle and High School Programs

Ticket to RIDE on METRO
Discounted Student Fare Available through Participating Schools
(Updated July 6, 2011)

Check back later this summer for additional updates on the 2011/2012
Student Discount Program.

METRO Fare Cards will not be issued through schools.

A current student, photo ID will be required for reduced fare of $1.

Summer Youth Bus Passes are currently available (through July & August) for children and teens -- 18 and Younger -- to ride METRO and South Portland Bus Service.

Participating Schools for 2011/2012 School Year*

Casco Bay High School
Deering High School
Portland High School
West School
King Middle School

Westbrook High School
Westcott Junior High School



 *Please note: We ask that schools update their agreements each year. If your school participated last year, but is not on this list, please call us at 774--0351 to be included in this year's program. Thank you.

Home Schooled Students are also eligible to receive discounted fare.
Please call 774-0351 for information.


Please check back for updates.

We will update this list as schools join this program. If you are a student or parent and your school is not on this list, please contact METRO and we will follow up with your school (or ask them to call us for information) and let them know how to offer this opportunity to their students.




Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 774-0351 for more information about this program.