Mid-Coast Public Transportation to Form Advisory Work Group in Sagadahoc County

December 27th, 2017


 
Bath, Maine — Mid-Coast Public Transportation (MCPT) announces the formation of a Transportation Advisory Work Group in Sagadahoc County, to include Brunswick and Harpswell. The advisory work group will play a key role in the process of increasing access to public transportation in this region. MCPT seeks active involvement from stakeholders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors to assist in guiding the expansion of public transportation.
 
“Our organization has provided public transportation in the Mid-Coast region for over 30 years, said Michael Hallundbaek, Director. “Last year, we provided almost 300,000 trips through our transportation programs. But through community assessments, we know that there is a need for further development of public transportation, and we are responding to that need.”
 
The first Sagadahoc Transportation Advisory Work Group meeting will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 9am-11:30 am, at Bath City Hall, located at 55 Front Street in Bath.
 
Additional work groups have developed in Waldo, Knox and Lincoln Counties.
 
“The Transportation Advisory Work Groups offer an important opportunity for stakeholders and passengers to join the effort by providing valuable input to the process,” said Steffanie Pyle, MCPT Community Engagement Facilitator.
 
For more information, or to join Mid-Coast Public Transportation in addressing transportation issues the region, please contact Steffanie Pyle at (207) 930-7380 or spyle@midcoastpublictransportation.org.
 
The Mission of Mid-Coast Public Transpiration is to provide safe, reliable and courteous transportation to everyone in Mid-Coast Maine. To inquire about current Mid-Coast Public Transportation schedules, please call toll free 1-800-439-7865 Monday through Friday, 8:00-4:00pm.
 
Mid-Coast Transportation is a program of Waldo Community Action Partners, a Belfast based non-profit organization working to build strong families and communities by empowering people to achieve economic independence and self-reliance. www.waldocap.org.


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MCPT offers temporary route for Concord Coach customers affected by the Belfast stop construction

November 30th, 2017

Due to construction, the Belfast CONCORD COACH stop will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
 
In the meantime, Concord is asking passengers to use the Searsport location for pick- ups and drop-offs.
 
SEARSPORT LOCATION: Steamboat Gallery, 161 East Main St., Route 1, Searsport, ME
 
While the construction takes place MID-COAST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION will have weekday service available to get passengers from Belfast to Searsport and from Searsport to Belfast.
 
SCHEDULE:
Departing Belfast: Monday – Friday at 7:20 AM & 4:40 PM
Departing Searsport: Monday – Friday at 7:45 AM & 5:10 PM
 
FARE:
$2.00 each way
 
Please call Mid-Coast Public Transportation with any questions:
Toll Free: 800-439-7865
 
Mid-Coast Public Transportation 139 Searsport Avenue, Belfast, Maine 04915
 
Mid-Coast Public Transportation is a Program of Waldo Community Action Partners


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First meeting of work group to advance and improve public transportation in Waldo County is Dec. 1, all are welcome

November 9th, 2017

 

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 the first 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.
 
During this meeting, we will among other items:
 

  • Provide a brief overview of Mid-Coast Public Transportation (MCPT).
  • Provide an overview of the direction MCPT is taking.
  • Define the structure of W-TAWG and its role.
  • Define work groups.

  • The meeting will take place on Friday, December 1st from 9am-11am 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 Monday, November 27th.
     

  • 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 Transportation rings in the New Year with a new name

    January 3rd, 2017

    Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) has been providing demand response public transportation services in Waldo County since the community action agency first launched its public transportation program in 1972, under the name Sea-ME and later Waldo County Transportation Program.

    Following an agreement to assume public transportation services in the areas of MDOT Region 5 in late April, WCAP started taking measures to expand its transportation services outside of Waldo County, into Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc Counties, as well as the municipalities of Brunswick and Harpswell.

    With a service area encompassing much of the mid-coast, it only seemed natural that Waldo County Transportation Program lay to rest a name that it had outgrown and adopt a new one; Mid-Coast Public Transportation (MCPT).

    “When WCAP agreed to be the Maine Department of Transportation’s Regional Provider for the area of Transit Region 5, we knew that in order to be more inclusive of those counties outside of Waldo County, we were going to have to change our identity,” said Waldo County Transportation Program’s Director, Brent Stapley. “That change is more than just a name change. It has become our new reality that we are we are serving more than just Waldo County as we have faithfully done for decades. We now need to assess and address the public transportation needs of three other mid-coast counties and two new municipalities.”

    “Mid-Coast Public Transportation”, which better represents the program’s expanded catchment area, also gives a nod to WCAP’s MaineCare non-emergency transportation brokerage, Mid-Coast Connector. “We needed a name that all of Region 5 could relate to and it makes sense that WCAP use the same identifier for both of its transportation entities,” Stapley said.


    Posted in Transportation

    New Transportation Brochures Available

    March 18th, 2015

    They’re here and they’re easier to understand than ever. WCAP’s Transportation program has teamed up with the WCAP marketing department to bring you two new brochures. The first is a “Ride Guide”, explaining in a menu-like style what services are available through the program. The second brochure is a “Bus Routes” brochure, which will inform you of where and when you can get a ride through Waldo County Transportation in a much easier to navigate format.
     
    To view the full brochures online, visit Transportation’s website by clicking here. Look for the two blue icons at the top – one for each of the new brochures. They can also be viewed by clicking one of the two thumbnails located below.
     

              Ride Guide


              Bus Routes

     

    Or, if you’re the kind of person who likes to have something you can hold in your hands, stop by WCAP’s administrative office located at the Belfast Center, 9 Field Street, Suite 201 and our receptionist would be happy to provide them to you.
     
    As always, if you have any questions, our Transportation program is available by calling (207) 338-4769 if you’re local to Belfast or toll-free at (800) 439-7865.


    Posted in Transportation

    Mainers Helping Mainers: Giant Benefit Auction Taking Place Saturday May 3rd for “Ride with Pride” Program Helping the Disabled

    April 18th, 2014

    On Saturday May 3rd, Waldo Community Action Partners’ transportation program will host a giant benefit auction for the “Ride with Pride” program, a vital part of the effort to integrate disabled populations into the community by assisting with the costs of transportation for visiting, shopping, medical appointments, errands, church, work, or wherever people with disabilities need to go.


    The live auction event will take place at the Blue Goose Event Center on Route 1 in Northport and will be called by licensed auctioneer Linda Sullivan, Maine license # 1010. There will be a table auction from 9:00 A.M to 12:45 P.M. The LIVE auction starts at 11:00 A.M.


    The benefit auction, which is sponsored by Waldo County General Hospital, Front Street Shipyard, Bay Taxi, The Republican Journal, Total Property Care, Dead River Company, K&K Enterprises & Crossroads to Calvary Church, will include: Two South African safari photo-shoot adventures for two people each, 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan in great shape 100 gallons of fuel oil, fitted firewood delivered, all day charter trip for 20 people, Woodlawn glider w/trays, art and autographed books, many handcrafted items and over 150 other items.


    Among the items to be auctioned will also be a diverse array of gift certificates for legal services, dining out, motel accommodations, gravel products, amusement parks, whale watches, services, golf, oil changes and more.


    “This is a great way to have a fun day with some good food, some great finds, and at the same time help raise money for a valuable community program,” said Edward Murphy, Waldo County Public Transportation Director and event coordinator. “We always see a lot of people come out to participate in these events. They help so many of our friends and neighbors on a daily basis. So come on down to Northport on May 3rd for a good time.”
    Admission is $5.00 and includes lunch and entry for heads and tails event, children under 15 are free. There will also be a 50/50 Raffle. Lunch will be served at 12:30 P.M.


    Donations to the program are always welcome and can be made online by clicking on the “Donate Now” button at www.walcocap.org or by mailing a check to Waldo Community Action Partners at P.O. Box 130 in Belfast, ME 04915. Donations may also be delivered in person to Waldo Community Action Partners, 9 Field Street in Belfast.


    For more information, Edward Murphy, Waldo County Public Transportation Director, can be reached at (207) 338-6809.


    Posted in Transportation

    New opportunities added to learn how to earn money through WCAP Volunteer Driver Program.

    April 14th, 2014

    Due to a great response to its April volunteer recruitment campaign Waldo Community Action partners have decided to add to the list of public information meetings. Due to need county-wide, interested area residents can look for upcoming meetings in Belfast, Liberty and Unity.


    Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP) is currently looking for reliable volunteer drivers to provide valuable support services to our community by picking up and driving people to medical appointments and family visits using their own vehicles. The program is a valuable service to the community and directly improves the quality of life for many of our friends and neighbors every day.


    All WCAP volunteer drivers receive tax exempt reimbursement for miles traveled at $.44 cents per mile and free training in CPR, First Aid, Passenger Assistance techniques, Communication, DHHS Child Transport, Securing Child Car Seat, and emergency vehicle evacuation procedures.


    “The WCAP transportation program is not just of great value to people who need rides,” says WCAP Transport Program Director, Edward Murphy. “Apart from the satisfaction of knowing that you help someone in a very direct way, all of our volunteer drivers earn money tax free that does not affect any other benefits. It’s a great way to make a positive difference in someone else’s life, become part of a team working to build a stronger community and earn money at the same time,” he adds.


    Throughout the month of April WCAP will offer a series of public information sessions for anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity:


    · Wednesday, April 16th, 6 pm at the United Christian Church community room to the left of the chapel in the church, 30 Searsmont Rd in Lincolnville Center (Across from Lincolnville Telephone Company)
    · Thursday, April 17th, 6 pm at Liberty Town Office, 7 Water Street in Liberty.
    · Thursday, April 24th, 6 pm at Waldo Community Action Partners conference room, 9 Field Street in Belfast.
    · Monday, April 28, 6 pm at the Unity Community Center, 32 School Street in Unity.


    All sessions are open to anyone and will include an overview of Waldo Community Actions Partners and the Volunteer Driver Program. No registration is required.


    In addition to the meetings above WCAP encourage local churches and volunteer organizations to contact them to schedule a presentation for their members at their location. For more information or if you are interested in becoming a driver, please call Lucy Salisbury at Tel: 207 338-6809.


    Posted in Transportation

    WCAP Transportation Program Receives Two Brand New Buses

    August 4th, 2011


    There has been a new edition to the Transportation family– twins, in fact. However, before you head over to Waldo County Public Transportation to find out who to congratulate, know that the twins we’re talking about drink gasoline from a nozzle and not milk from a bottle. Yes, they’re twin buses– they are, however, about as new as a newborn.

    They were expected to arrive at 1 p.m. However, it was only a little after noon that WCAP staff recall looking out their office windows to see something large and fiery red in color blocking their view. Moments later, the girls from the Transportation department were gathered on the back porch (pictured to the left) looking out excitedly at what one could chance to say is the largest package WCAP has ever had delivered to its doors. “Oh, wow– I like the front,” staff member Elaine Saucier, commented as she watched the buses turn around. “First customer,” and “first passenger” everyone exclaimed excitedly as staff member Heidi Russo stepped onto the new buses to show the drivers where the buses were to be parked.


    A little while later, a couple of staff members were able to take a walk over to the new buses with Ed Murphy, WCAP’s Transportation Director, and Dean Hustus (pictured at the top), one of the program’s bus drivers, who wasted no time checking out all of the controls and features of the new buses he and some of the other drivers would be driving.


    Ed explained how WCAP ended up lucky enough to have these two brand new buses. He explained that Maine came across some American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding that resulted in a couple of new vehicles being given to Transportation providers throughout the state. “They’re probably the first real buses we’ve had in the history of the program,” Ed shared. “We’ve had a lot of what they call bus-on-body cutaways but this is an international regular bus chasse with an El Dorado body.”

    The buses are 2011 models and are brand new. They hold 20 passengers and up to two wheelchairs. The interior is fairly spacious, with plush patterened purple seats similar to those of a charter bus. When  Dean was asked if he was excited to drive the new buses he replied, “Well, yes!” With a pleasant smile. “I’m going to have to get used to the length of it.,” he added, to which Ed added “And height!” Needless to say, these buses are big in size and effect– they will be making a difference for the Transportation department and its clients in a huge way.


    Posted in Transportation

    Important Client Mileage Reimbursement Deadline Information!

    December 10th, 2010

    ATTENTION:

    All client mileage reimbursement sheets for appointment dates prior to September 1, 2010 must be submitted for payment no later than January 7, 2011. Any mileage for  appointments occurring before September 1, 2010 that are received after the January 7, 2011 deadline cannot be accepted.


    Posted in Transportation


    WCAP

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