Thanks for a great season! The Mountain Express ended seasonal service for 2021-2022 after the PM run on Sunday, March 6, 2022. See you at the end of this year for the 2022-2023 season!

To all our faithful riders and sponsors…

WMTS has decided to postpone Mountain Explorer service for the 2021-2022 season due to lack of available drivers to run the service reliably. It is our hope that we may be able to run service at some point this winter.  

For any questions or concerns please contact us at info@westernmainetrans.org

Thank you for understanding!

 

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

Public bus service Dixfield to Sunday River 7daysaweek 12/3/21 through 3/6/22*
(no service Christmas Day)

* End date of service is dependent on lateseason conditions

Click here for a printable Mountain Express schedule

Dixfield to Sunday River

Depart

 

Stop

AM

PM

 

Dixfield Park & Ride

6:45

4:00

 

Mexico Plaza

6:55

4:10

 

Rumford Info Booth

7:00

4:20

 

Sunday River South Ridge

7:30

4:50

 

Rumford Info Booth

8:00

5:20

 

Mexico Plaza

8:10

5:25

 

Dixfield Park & Ride

8:20

5:35

 

One-way fare $3.00

     
   

 

 

 

 

Please note all content below is from the previous 2020-2021 season. There is no Mountain Explorer service running at this time.

 

UPDATE EFFECTIVE 3/8/2021

COVID-19 Precautions:

• Bus capacity is limited to permit distancing

• We respectfully require riders wear face coverings to protect other riders and our drivers

• High-touch surfaces are cleaned frequently

• We will do our best to have face coverings available for riders who need them

 

Masked Moose ad with link to Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 public safety campaign press release

 

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UPDATE – EFFECTIVE 3/8

Mountain Explorer 2020-2021 Season Daily Service March 8 – April 4

MOUNTAIN EXPLORER BUSES WILL RUN SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY 

NOTE: Sunday, April 4th service ends at 5:00 PM

NOTE: THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE AND MAY BE  AFFECTED BY ROAD AND WEATHER CONDITIONS

 

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 & Bethel Airport Service

AIRPORT AND FLEX-ROUTE SERVICE EXPLAINED… For Bethel Airport pick-up, Flex-Route reservation, or group arrangements please call 207-330-3304 as far in advance as possible of your desired trip.

The Mountain Explorer can be your FREE local ride to, or from, any destination within 3/4 mile of the scheduled route, on public roads, during normal operating hours, if it is considered safe by the operator. The time of your pick-up will be between the times of scheduled stops on either side of your location.

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.

2019-2020-Mountain Explorer flex-route boundary map

 

ACCESSIBILITY:

ABOUT THE MOUNTAIN EXPLORER:

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.

 

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