Community Connector

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Area served Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Old Town, Orono and Veazie in ME
Founded December 1972
Fleet size 22
Number of routes 11
Ridership 954,029 (2014, annual)[1]
Union ATU Local 714
Website bangormaine.gov/communityconnector
Twitter @batcc

Community Connector is the bus system for the city of Bangor and the surrounding areas in Maine.

History

  • Established in December 1972 as Citibus.[2]
  • In the 1980s, it was renamed to The Bus.[2]
  • In 2002, it was rebranded as BAT Community Connector.[2]
  • In 2011, "BAT" in the system's name was dropped and became known as Community Connector.[2]

Routes

Maps & Schedules
Note: Bus service does not run on Sundays, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Local

Route Destinations Days of Operation
Brewer North Bangor Depot, North Brewer Shopping Center¹, Brewer Shopping Center, Walmart (Walton Dr.), Marden's Monday-Saturday
Brewer South Bangor Depot, S. Main & Elm Sts., Brewer Shopping Center, Walmart (Walton Dr.), Marden's Monday-Saturday
Capehart Bangor Depot, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Airport Mall, Bangor International Airport, Bolling Dr., Capehart, Penobscot Job Corps Academy² Monday-Saturday
Center Street Bangor Depot, St. Joseph's Hospital, Bangor Gardens³, Broadway Shopping Center Monday-Saturday
Hammond Street Bangor Depot, Union St., University of Maine at Augusta, Hammond St., Buck & Third Sts.⁴, Cedar St. Monday-Saturday
Hampden Bangor Depot, Shaw's, Beal College, Hampden Academy, Hampden Monday-Friday
Mall Hopper Airport Mall, Husson University, Broadway Shopping Center⁵, Bangor Mall, Ohio St. Monday-Saturday
Mount Hope⁶ Bangor Depot, Mount Hope Ave. & Elm St., Kmart, Bangor Mall, Target, Eastern Maine Community College Monday-Saturday
Old Town Bangor Depot, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Veazie, University of Maine, Old Town⁷, Old Town Plaza⁷, University Mall Shopping Center, Orono Research Park⁷ Monday-Saturday
Stillwater Bangor Depot, Broadway & Stillwater Ave., Bangor Mall, Ridgewood Dr., Walmart (Stillwater Ave.) Monday-Saturday

¹You can request a stop at Colonial Circle and/or Brewer Community Center after the North Brewer Shopping Center stop.
²The 7:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 3:45 PM and 4:45 PM weekday runs departing from Bangor Depot will detour in one direction along Union St. and Davis Rd. to stop at the Penobscot Job Corps Academy.
³The 8:45 AM, 10:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:45 PM, 4:45 PM and 5:45 PM runs departing from Bangor Depot will stop at Bangor Gardens.
⁴All bus runs starting with the 8:15 AM run departing from Bangor Depot and every x:15 run thereafter will stop at Buck & Third Sts.
⁵You can request a stop at St. Joseph Healthcare Park's Building 2 & 5 after the Broadway Shopping Center stop on the way to Airport Mall.
⁶Buses going outbound will stop at Evergreen Woods and Eastern Maine Community College by request only when classes are in session.
⁷Only stops at Orono Research Park during weekday rush hours, along with bypassing Old Town and Old Town Plaza via College Ave. (except the 5:45 AM run departing from Memorial Union)

Black Bear Orono Express

Buses running on this route only operate when classes at the University of Maine are in session. In addition to not running on the observed holidays above, it also does not run during Columbus Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Spring Break and throughout the summer season.[3]

Destinations Days of Operation
Mill & Pleasant Sts., Orchard Trails Dr., Rec Center, Memorial Union, University Mall*, Orono Research Park* Monday-Saturday

*Only stops at these locations on Saturdays.

Fares

Note: Does not apply to riding buses on the Black Bear Orono Express route, which is free to all customers.

Fare Type Price
Single Ride $1.50
Half Fare 75¢
Children under 12 with adult 75¢
Five-Ride Ticket¹ $6.00
Monthly Pass¹ $45.00
Student Monthly Pass² $20.00
Transfer Free
Student with EMCC ID, Husson University ID, NESCOM ID or University of Maine ID Free
Seniors and People with Disable Pass 75¢

¹Available at vendors in Bangor and the surrounding areas.[4]
²Only available at the Bangor City Hall and the Community Connector Office.

Facilities

Community Connector Office

  • Address: 475 Maine Ave., Bangor, ME 04401
  • Email: community.connector@bangormaine.gov
  • Phone: (207) 992-4670

Bus Fleet

Current Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0321, 0325,
0329, 0330
Community Connector 0321-a.jpg 2003 NFI D35LF Detroit Diesel
Series 50 EGR
Voith D864.3E Ex-Capital Metro 2020, 2024, 2028 and 2029; purchased in 2015 and 2017.
0445 Community Connector 0445-a.jpg 2004 Gillig Phantom 30'
(C21A096N4)
Cummins ISM Voith D864.3E
1046-1050 Community Connector 1050-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
1743-1744 Community Connector 1743-a.jpg 2017 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R6
  • Piggyback from DART First State's options.
  • Delivered on September 18, 2017.
  • Entered revenue service on October 13, 2017.
1858-1859 Community Connector 1858-a.jpg 2018 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R6
  • Piggybacked from CTtransit's options.[7][8]
  • These replaced the ex-Beeline 2002 Orion V 30’ buses.
  • Entered service on 12/10/18.
1960-1962 Community Connector 1960-a.jpg 2019 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R6
  • Replaced the remaining ex-Beeline 2002 Orion V 30’ buses.
  • 1960 entered service on 4/26/19.
1985-1989 Community Connector 1985-a.jpg 2019 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R6
9965 9965-a.jpg 1999 Cable Car Concepts Midi
  • Mainly used for special events.
  • Came from York County, ME.

On Order

Fleet Number(s) Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes

Retired Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
B01-B06 1986 Blue Bird City Bird Detroit Diesel 6V71TA Allison MT-647
B07-B08 1989 Thomas TL960
11-13 1999 Thomas TL960
21 1966 Leyland Double Decker Ex London, UK, Bought in ?.
23 1977 Chevrolet Blue Bird
26-27 1976 Mercedes-Benz O309
28-37 1978 Mercedes-Benz O309
B40-B42 1982 OBI Orion I
(01.502)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison MT-644 Single door.
43-45 Community Connector 43-a.jpg 1996 OBI Orion V
(05.505)
Detroit Diesel
Series 50
Single door with wheelchair lift in the central position.
0027-0029 Community Connector 0028-a.jpg 2000 NFI D30LF Cummins ISC Allison Ex-Greater Portland Transit District 0027-0029; purchased in 2013.
0120 2001 Thomas Dennis SLF 230 1999 model.
0202-0203,
0207,
0209-0210
Community Connector 0210-a.jpg 2002 OBI Orion V
(05.505)
Detroit Diesel
Series 50 EGR
Allison B400R
0314-0319 2002 Thomas Dennis SLF 232 Cummins ISB Allison Single door.
0621 Community Connector 0621-a.jpg 2006 Blue Bird Ultra LF Cummins ISB Allison
  • Single door.
  • Used as a spare bus.
  • Retired June 2019 due to poor frame issues.
0722-0723 Community Connector 0723-a.jpg 2007 International/
Champion
3200/
Defender
International
MaxxForce DT
Allison
0725-0726 Community Connector 0725-a.jpg 2007 International/
ElDorado National
3200/
Aero Elite
International
MaxxForce 7
Allison
  • Used on the Black Bear Orono Express route.
0924 Community Connector 0924-a.jpg 2009 Chevrolet/
Goshen
C5500/
GC II 5500
GM 6.6L Duramax V8 Retired Oct. 2018 due to mechanical issues.

Parts Buses

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2006 Blue Bird Ultra LF Ex-Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee 0604.

References

  1. City of Bangor - BAT Community Connector (BAT), National Transit Database. Retrieved on June 5, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Public Transit Advisory Council - May 16, 2017 (pgs. 45-47), Maine.gov. Retrieved on July 2017.
  3. For Students, City of Bangor.
  4. Locations to buy bus tickets, City of Bangor.
  5. Finance Committee Agenda - June 5, 2017 (pg. 16), City of Bangor, Maine. Retireved on June 2, 2017
  6. Finance Committee - June 5, 2017 (video time: 0:16:17-0:21:55), City of Bangor, Maine. Retireved on June 6, 2017
  7. City Council Agenda - September 11, 2017 (PDF pg. 10), City of Bangor, Maine. Retrieved on September 12, 2017.
  8. City Council Meeting - Sep, 11 2017 (video time: 37:11-41:40), townhallstreams.com. Retrieved on September 12, 2017.