Maine can be a difficult place to get around if you don’t own a car. Below are several organizations that can help you get around Portland, and also get from Portland to Boston.
Regional Transportation Program (RTP) Portland
About: RTP is a ride sharing service that provides transportation to people who live in and visit Cumberland County. People who need a ride have to book rides in advance.
Phone: (207) 774-2666
About: Project Bazia provides support and events for members of the South Sudanese community. The organization also provides transportation for incarcerated youth who are being released soon so that they can maintain jobs and make the transition back into their communities smoother.
Phone: Call Bazia at (207) 615-8884 or Ann at (207) 699 9649
About: Uber is an app that you can download for your phone. It works like a taxi service, but everything is done through the app. You provide your credit or debit card information, and you can request an Uber to pick you up wherever you are. After you get dropped off at your destination, your card will be charged for the ride. Uber rides between points on the peninsula in Portland generally average around $5.
Visit the website to find out more and download the app.
Taxi Services in Portland:
207 Taxi: (207) 774-2255
ABC Taxi: (207) 772-8685
ASAP Taxi: (207) 791-2727
About: METRO is the bus system in the Greater Portland area. All high school students enrolled at Portland, Deering, and Casco Bay high schools get a free unlimited METRO student pas to use during the school year, including weekends and breaks. METRO also has a Summer Youth Bus Pass that allows those 18 and younger to travel on the bus as often as they want for the entire summer for only $20.
Phone: (207) 774-0351
Visit the website to see bus routes and other information.
Greater Portland Bike Swap
About: Once a year, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine holds a Bike Swap at the University of Southern Maine. The bike swap is a great place to buy a used bike for a reasonable price.
Visit the website for more information.
Getting from Portland to Boston
About: The Amtrak Downeaster is the train service that runs from Maine to Boston. There are several trains a day that leave from Portland and run to North Station in Boston.
Visit the website for train schedules and ticket prices.
Concord Coach Lines
About: Concord Coach Lines is the bus service that runs from Maine to Boston. Buses generally run from Portland to Boston every hour.
Visit the website to see the bus schedule and ticket prices.