City of Bangor has announced that the Community Connector will temporarily discontinue Saturday service, until further notice beginning on Saturday, June 18th.

This is due to an ongoing driver shortage and will affect both fixed routes and ADA paratransit service.

At this time this will only be for Saturdays and again is temporary.

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At the same time, the Community Connector is actively recruiting drivers. Potential applicants can get more information about employment opportunities at their site here.

The city recognizes that the decision to temporarily discontinue Saturday service will be an inconvenience to those who rely on this transportation.

On Friday, May 27th, the city released this statement from Assistant City Manager Courtney O’Donnell

We understand this change to the bus service will negatively impact some riders and want everyone to know that we did not reach this decision lightly. We are taking active steps in an effort to ensure the change is temporary and hope that this notice provides riders enough time to make alternative arrangements.

Saturday service is the lowest ridership any day of the week. This temporary change will allow current drivers to provide the best service Monday through Friday.

City officials have determined that this service interruption is necessary from an operational standpoint and believe that this approach is the best option currently available.

It will prevent one neighborhood or community from being adversely impacted by picking and choosing weekday cutbacks in certain neighborhoods and not others.

Hopefully, this will be short-lived, and again if you have the desire and qualifications to be a bus driver, maybe you can help solve the issue.

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