Lewiston, ME (Feb. 11, 2005) - The Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee today announced that it has finalized its agreement with Vermont Transit, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Greyhound Lines, Inc. Vermont Transit will relocate its operations to the new intermodal transit hub in downtown Lewiston within the next several months with a target opening date of no later than May 1, 2005.
The agreement features a minimum five-year commitment that will offer Vermont Transit bus service seven days a week and generate some new revenue for the City Link operation. Nadeau stated that the funding to alter the space inside the Lewiston bus terminal will be provided by the Maine Department of Transportation and that the Lewiston-Auburn Transit Committee will not be required to contribute any funding.
Nadeau credited the support and work of bus committee members, committee staffer Marsha Bennett, Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Mike Doran, Greyhound, Chris Andreasson, Vermont Transit, and Barbara Donovan, Maine Department of Transportation, for pulling the details of the project together.
Nadeau expressed his pleasure at Vermont Transit's decision to relocate the facility back into the downtown area. "The cities of Lewiston and Auburn and their elected officials have supported significant levels of investment in their downtowns over the last several years. The relocation of Vermont Transit to Lewiston's new transit hub will serve as a critical component to support the on-going economic development objectives of both mayors and city councils and provide expanded transportation services to residents traveling within and outside our cities."
“Vermont Transit has been providing public transportation in the northeastern United States and Canada for more than 75 years,” said Chris Andreasson, general manager, Vermont Transit. “The Lewiston/Auburn area is a very important part of our operations in Maine, and we appreciate the positive reception we received from all involved to make this move possible. We will be proud to have this modern and attractive facility as part of our transportation network.”
Nadeau elaborated that Greyhound service will now be more accessible to many residents who depend on both the City Link and Vermont Transit systems. According to Nadeau, the decision to expand and alter some bus routes, in combination with the free downtown shuttle service and 24-hour parking garage availability, should serve both residents and Vermont Transit well.
Plans are underway to mark the official opening day with a public dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Details of the event will be made available when they are finalized.