Temporary modifications to Rockland and Belfast DASH bus schedules

March 31st, 2020



(Photo Credit: WABI TV 5)

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) will modify the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) city bus routes and schedules in both Belfast and Rockland temporarily to better serve community members in need during this time.


Beginning on Wednesday April 1 and lasting until April 29th, or further notice, the service will not be traveling a set route and time schedule as usual. Instead, the service will be responding to individuals needing to get to essential services such as shopping in town.


The service will be available for in town trips in Rockland and Belfast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All trips will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis according to demand and available resources. To reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission through monetary transaction, this temporary service will be without charge to passengers.


To schedule a pickup or for more information, please call customer service at (207) 338-4769, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.


Thank you.


Posted in Transportation

Help during the holidays

December 16th, 2019


While this time of year is one that many look forward to, it is important to remember that for some people, the holiday season can be one of the most difficult times of the year.


If you know of someone who may be feeling a little stretched thin this winter, or if you yourself are feeling that way, consider some of the programs Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has to offer:



FUEL ASSISTANCE
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps qualified homeowners and renters pay for heating costs. Benefits include help paying for fuel and emergency fuel delivery. You can also qualify for energy-related repairs if you are eligible for HEAP. This year, Maine State Housing Authority, who oversees Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funds in Maine, raised the program’s income guidelines, making it possible for more families to qualify for home heating assistance. The new income guidelines can be found by clicking here. Eligibility is based on 3 or 12 month (whichever you choose) gross income history from all sources in the household. Keep in mind that there are many factors that go in to finding out if you are eligible, including adjustments to your income that are made during the application process. So, apply even if you are over income the limits, as you may find during the application process that you still qualify. Waldo County residents can apply through Waldo Community Action Partners by scheduling an appointment. You can also apply over the phone. Appointments can be made by calling (207) 338-3025.


HOLIDAY FOOD BOXES
WCAP Heroes 4 Hunger works in partnership with hundreds of volunteers, civic groups, town officials, and firemen to distribute 2,000 boxes (36 tons) of food containing meat, fruit, vegetables, grain, and dairy to Waldo County families in need during the holiday season as part of their Holiday Food Box Project.


HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
WCAP facilitates the Neighbor for Neighbor Coalition, which is a group of area agencies and organizations who act as a clearinghouse for holiday projects throughout Waldo County. This program ensures that resources are shared and unduplicated so that the maximum number of families possible are helped during the holiday season. Families can apply for assistance with gifts for their children during the holiday season through WCAP and the Neighbor for Neighbor Coalition, starting in mid-September and ending early November each year, with gifts made available mid-December.


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Winter weather can cause a lot of stress, especially for those who may not have very reliable vehicles, vehicles that perform poorly in the snow, and/or jobs that don’t afford them sick time or the flexibility to call out. While WCAP’s public transportation program isn’t accessible in very bad weather, it can be of value to families who find their old vehicle doesn’t want to start anymore in the cold weather, gas and repair costs are piling up, or holiday traffic is creating more stress than they need. WCAP’s general public transportation program is for everyone. You don’t need to meet any qualifications or requirements to use it. There are different public transportation options depending on where you live. Fares range from $1.50 to $8.00 each way. Additionally, WCAP runs the Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH), which is a shuttle-style bus service available in both Belfast and Rockland that anyone can use. The buses make a continuous loop and bus stops are marked with blue and yellow signs. Passengers may be dropped off and picked up anywhere along the route. Passengers pay a $2.00 one-way fare when boarding the bus. $5.00 day passes are also available, as well as 12-punch cards for $20.00 and monthly passes for $50.00. Reduced fares are available. For more information, call WCAP’s Mid-Coast Public Transportation Program at (207) 338-4769.


VOLUNTEER
Doing something to help someone else can be a great way to lift one’s spirits during the winter months and the holiday season. WCAP offers a few different volunteer opportunities during the holiday season, including volunteering as a driver for the transportation program (year round and not just during the holidays) or volunteering to help pack some of the food boxes that are distributed in November and December. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer driver for WCAP’s Mid-Coast Public Transportation Program, call (207) 338-4769. There are a lot of people in the community looking for help getting to and from their doctor’s appointments or even just getting to the grocery store. If you or someone you know is interested in helping to pack this year’s December round of holiday food boxes, all you need to do is show up at Troy Howard Middle School on Saturday, December 21 at 6am. This is a fun holiday tradition for many and don’t worry about the early start time; warm coffee and hot chocolate is provided!


Posted in Community Projects, Fuel Assistance, Transportation

WCAP Mid-Coast Public Transportation DASH bus at Belfast Art Walk this year

September 24th, 2019


Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

WCAP receives funds for kidney dialysis patients

August 17th, 2019


WCAP was lucky enough to have been invited to be a part of the Belfast Maine Rotary Club’s Belfast Harborfest Evening by the Bay event on August 16, 2019. The event was held to raise funds for our organization. Members of our Board of Directors and staff came together to volunteer. We served up some amazing dishes from local restaurants and made so many new friends, including Miss Maine! Thousands of dollars were raised at the live auction for kidney dialysis patients we transport to treatment through our transportation program, Mid-Coast Public Transportation. We cannot say thank you enough to the Belfast Rotary and to the many community members who came out to bid, mingle, and enjoy the live music.



Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

Changes to Belfast and Rockland DASH schedules

June 17th, 2019

Please note the following changes to the Rockland and Belfast Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) bus route schedules, effective Monday, July 8th, 2019:

 

We have carefully designed these new routes and schedules using data gathered during the past year of testing the new DASH system. The new routes are based on passenger use, analysis of which stops are being used, feedback from the communities regarding the need for new stops, and fiscal feasibility studies.

 

Please see the following new schedules for both the Rockland and Belfast DASH routes. Each route image has a link to our website with both a large version and a PDF version with route maps.

 

Updated Rockland DASH schedule (Click here or on the schedule below to open in a new window)

 

 

Updated Belfast DASH schedule (Click here or on the schedule below to open in a new window)

 

 

Belfast & Rockland DASH Schedule change Brief Questions and Answers

(Schedule change effective July 8th, 2019)
 

What will the new days and hours of service be?
 

Belfast DASH will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:20 A.M. to 5:16 P.M. (Eight (8) loops per day).

 

Rockland DASH will operate Monday through Friday from 7:45 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (Eight (8) loops per day).

 

Will I be able to flex stops as usual?

 
Yes, there are no changes to the flex stop availability. Call (207) 338-4769 to learn more or to schedule a flex stop.

 

Will the prices and fares change?

 

No, the prices and fares will be the same, including the reduced price Chickadee cards.

 

Why is the Belfast Dash changing direction?

 

The direction change will allow the service to stop at more places with a more efficient and safe route.

 

Why is the Rockland DASH direction changing and becoming a loop?

 

The new loop route in Rockland will accommodate more stop options and efficiencies. This will allow more people to use the services.

 

What are the reasons for changing the DASH routes at this point?

 

The new routes, effective July 8th, 2019, are based on passenger use, analysis of which stops are being used, feedback from the communities regarding the need for new stops, and fiscal feasibility analysis.

 

How can I get more information about the DASH changes and other services?

 

We always appreciate hearing from you:

  • We are available by phone Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. at (207) 338-4769
  • Please send us an email any time to info@midcoastpublictransportation.org
  • You can also find the new schedules on our website at http://midcoastpublictransportation.org/ or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/midcoastpublictransportation
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    THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.


    Posted in Transportation

    Knox and Lincoln County Public Transportation Advisory Group Mtg

    April 20th, 2018

    Waldo Community Action Partners’ Transportation program is putting the key in the ignition on expanding public transportation in the Mid-Coast but we could use your help navigating.

    Please join us for a public meeting of the Knox and Lincoln County Civic Transportation Advisory Work Group. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together community members and stakeholders throughout Knox and Lincoln counties who are interested in the advancement and improvement of public transportation. The goal is to establish a working group centered on route and rate development, communication and coordination, and funding resources.

    The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Rockland Ferry Terminal conference room, 517A Main Street Rockland, ME.

    We want to ensure that anyone interested has access to this meeting. If you need any of the following assistance, please let us know by Wednesday, May 9:

    • Sign language interpreter
    • Foreign language interpreter: specify language
    • Large print documents
    • Transportation
    • Other: please specify

    If you can’t attend the meeting, but would like more information, please feel free to contact our Community Engagement Facilitator, Steffanie Pyle, at:

    Tel: (207) 930-7380
    E-Mail: spyle@midcoastpublictransportation.org


    Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

    Waldo County Public Transportation Advisory Meeting

    April 20th, 2018

    Waldo Community Action Partners’ Transportation program is putting the key in the ignition on expanding public transportation in Waldo County and the Mid-Coast but we could use your help navigating.

    Please join us for a public meeting of the Waldo County Civic Transportation Advisory Work Group (W-TAWG). The purpose of this meeting is to bring together community members and stakeholders throughout Waldo County who are interested in the advancement and improvement of public transportation. The goal is to establish a working group centered on route and rate development, communication and coordination, and funding resources.

    The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at the Wentworth Event Center, 139 Searsport Avenue, Belfast.

    We want to ensure that anyone interested has access to this meeting. If you need any of the following assistance, please let us know by Wednesday, May 2:
    • Sign language interpreter
    • Foreign language interpreter: specify language
    • Large print documents
    • Transportation
    • Other: please specify

    If you can’t attend the meeting, but would like more information, please feel free to contact our Community Engagement Facilitator, Steffanie Pyle, at:

    Tel: (207) 930-7380
    E-Mail: spyle@midcoastpublictransportation.org


    Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation

    Knox and Lincoln County Public Transportation Advisory Group Meeting

    March 29th, 2018

    Waldo Community Action Partners’ Transportation program is putting the key in the ignition on expanding public transportation in the Mid-Coast but we could use your help navigating.

    Please join us for the fifth public meeting of the Knox and Lincoln County Civic Transportation Advisory Work Group. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together community members and stakeholders throughout Knox and Lincoln counties who are interested in the advancement and improvement of public transportation. The goal is to establish a working group centered on route and rate development, communication and coordination, and funding resources.

    The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Breakwater Marketplace, 91 Camden Street, Rockland, ME.

    We want to ensure that anyone interested has access to this meeting. If you need any of the following assistance, please let us know by Wednesday, April 11:

    • Sign language interpreter
    • Foreign language interpreter: specify language
    • Large print documents
    • Transportation
    • Other: please specify

    If you can’t attend the meeting, but would like more information, please feel free to contact our Community Engagement Facilitator, Steffanie Pyle, at:

    Tel: (207) 930-7380
    E-Mail: spyle@midcoastpublictransportation.org


    Posted in Transportation

    February Transportation Advisory Work Group Meetings

    February 2nd, 2018

    Please join us for a public meeting of our transportation advisory work groups. The purpose of these meetings is to bring together community members and stakeholders throughout Region 5 (Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc counties, plus Brunswick and Harpswell) who are interested in the advancement and improvement of public transportation. The goal is to establish a working group centered on route and rate development, communication and coordination, and funding resources.
     
    Transportation work advisory group meetings for February are scheduled as follows:
     
    Waldo County:
    Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13th
    Time: 3:00-5:00
    Location: Wentworth Event Center, Belfast
     
    Knox and Lincoln Counties:
    Date: Tuesday, Feb. 20th
    Time: 2:30-4:30
    Location: Penobscot Chamber of Commerce, 1 Park Dr., Rockland
     
    Sagahadoc County, Brunswick, Harpswell:
    Date: Tuesday Feb. 27th
    Time: 2:00-4:00
    Location: Bath City Hall, Bath

     

    We want to ensure that anyone interested has access to this meeting. If you need any of the following assistance, please let us know 3 business days prior to the meeting you would like to attend:
    • Sign language interpreter
    • Foreign language interpreter: specify language
    • Large print documents
    • Transportation
    • Other: please specify
     
    If you can’t attend the meeting, but would like more information, please feel free to contact our Community Engagement Facilitator, Steffanie Pyle, at:
     
    Tel: (207) 930-7380
    E-Mail: spyle@midcoastpublictransportation.org


    Posted in Transportation

    Second Knox and Lincoln County public work group meeting to advance public transportation is January 16

    January 10th, 2018

    Work Group Post Waldo Community Action Partners’ Transportation program is putting the key in the ignition on expanding public transportation in Waldo County and the Mid-Coast but we could use your help navigating.
     
    Waldo Community Action Partners’ Transportation program is putting the key in the ignition on expanding public transportation in the Mid-Coast but we could use your help navigating.

     

    Please join us for the second public meeting of the Knox and Lincoln County Civic Transportation Advisory Work Group. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together community members and stakeholders throughout Knox and Lincoln counties who are interested in the advancement and improvement of public transportation. The goal is to establish a working group centered on route and rate development, communication and coordination, and funding resources.

     

    The meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the University College at Rockland, 91 Camden Street, Suite 402, Rockland, ME.
     
    We want to ensure that anyone interested has access to this meeting. If you need any of the following assistance, please let us know by Friday, January 12:
    • Sign language interpreter
    • Foreign language interpreter: specify language
    • Large print documents
    • Transportation
    • Other: please specify
     
    If you can’t attend the meeting, but would like more information, please feel free to contact our Community Engagement Facilitator, Steffanie Pyle, at:
     
    Tel: (207) 930-7380
    E-Mail: spyle@midcoastpublictransportation.org


    Posted in Community Happenings, Transportation


    WCAP

    9 Field Street, P.O. Box 130
    Belfast, Maine 04915
    Phone: (207) 338-6809