Watch here for the new 2019-2020 Mountain Explorer schedule!


Bus service runs 7-days-a-week, from 12/2/2019 through 3/17/2020 dependent on end-of-season conditions.

If you’re working at the Mountain, let us be your ride!

Download a printable PDF Mountain Express schedule HERE

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Download a printable PDF Mountain Explorer schedule HERE

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ADDITIONAL FLAG STOPS…not listed on the maps, may be added at the discretion of the Mountain Explorer based on safety and rider requirements

Service Notes:

Service is subject to change without notice.

Flex-Route Service

LOCAL RESIDENTS & GUESTS…Announcing flex-route service! Now you can request a pick-up or drop-off within 3/4 mile of the bus route on public roads if it is safe for the bus. To learn more, or to schedule a ride, please call 207-330-3304, at least 24 hours in advance.

You can use the Mountain Explorer for more than going to the mountain…you can ride to work, restaurants and pubs, shopping, banks, local hair, healthcare, dental or eye appointments, or almost anywhere in-town, FREE!

Ability to serve any location is based on safety, ability to turn the bus around, and that it must be on a public road. Service is at the discretion of the operator. The green outline below shows the approximate flex-route boundaries.

Service is provided only during normal hours of operation and may require riders to be on the bus for an extended period of time depending on pick-up and drop-off locations.



The Mountain Explorer was founded in 2000 and is open to the public to provide safe, free, more environmentally-friendly transportation for residents and winter visitors, and a reliable designated driver option. The Mountain Explorer is operated by Western Maine Transportation Services and supported by the towns of Bethel and Newry, the Federal Transit Administration, Maine Department of Transportation, Sunday River, Gould Academy, The Bethel Inn Resort, local businesses, associations and other sponsors listed on this schedule.


Suggestions & Complaints

Complaints and suggestions, of any nature, are taken seriously by WMTS. A complaint or suggestion may be made by telephone 1-800-393-9335 press 7, by e-mail at, in person or in writing at the address below. Complaints will be investigated and a determination made as to what action is warranted within five to ten business days. Anonymous complaints will be investigated and, to the best of our ability, we will respond as appropriate. Verbal complaints will be          investigated and a verbal response provided within 5 business days. Written complaints will be investigated and a written response provided within 10 business days. All complaint forms are kept on file and include the complainant’s name; address; date of complaint; name of person investigating; resolution and date and manner of notification of resolution.

Title VI, Non-Discrimination & Civil Rights

WMTS will not discriminate on the basis of any characteristic protected by law, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. If you feel you have been subject to discrimination under Title VI, you may submit a complaint to: FTA Office of Civil Rights, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20590.  On-line, search “File a Title VI Complaint with FTA”. You may also submit a complaint to: Civil Rights Office, MaineDOT, 16 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333-0016, or contact the Western Maine Transportation Services General Manager at the address below, at or call 207-333-6972, extension 207.

Western Maine Transportation Services, 76 Merrow Road, Auburn, ME  04210



If a disability prevents you from accessing a Mountain  Explorer bus stop, please call 800-393-9335 selection 2, from 9 AM to 5 PM Mon-Sat, at least 24 hours in advance, to arrange for at-curb pick up within 3/4 mile of the route on publically-maintained roads. Mountain Explorer buses are wheelchair lift-equipped and can carry up to 2 riders in wheelchairs. Please note combined weights of some wheelchairs may exceed lift manufacturer’s safety limits. Trained service animals under control of the rider or small pets in carriers are permitted. Oxygen tanks and concentrators must be safely secured to users or their wheelchairs.


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