Sustainability

Brunswick Explorer Offers Saturday Service

Story posted April 11, 2011

The Brunswick Explorer is offering Saturday transportation during the month of April, so I decided to take a ride. Along with fellow Sustainable Bowdoin employee Sasha Mastroianni, we hopped aboard at 11:31 am behind Druckenmiller Hall. The bus, which is hybrid-electric, shuttled us all over Cook’s Corner for an hour and a half. Being the first Saturday, the schedule had some kinks, but it seemed to be a successful experiment. Stopping at Pejepscot Terrace, we picked up half a dozen people headed toward Cook’s Corner for some afternoon shopping. “It was even more crowded earlier this morning,” said one boarder. “Standing room only!”

Our Eastbound route included stops at Merrymeeting Plaza, Cook’s Corner Mall, Regal Cinemas, Walmart, the bike path, and Spare Time Bowling Alley. It’s perfect for groups of friends to catch a matinee, do some errands, or bowl for an afternoon. Says one student from the class of 2014, “Coming from LA, where you can get anywhere at anytime on public transportation, I was surprised by the less developed public transportation in Brunswick. I think it's great that the Brunswick Explorer is providing more transportation options for students and they should continue doing so.”

The Brunswick Explorer receives funding from various government grants and town businesses (including Bowdoin College). The April experiment will help decide future Saturday services. The best part for Bowdoin students? The fare is just $1.00 for a ride, or $2.00 for a daily pass.

"I think it's great that the Brunswick Explorer is providing more transportation options for students and they should continue doing so.”