Hike service

Island Explorer on MDI returned to service for summer and fall

TRENTON, Maine (WABI) – The Island Explorer bus service will resume operations for the summer and fall seasons beginning Thursday.

It provides Mount Desert Island visitors and residents with free transportation to hiking trails, carriage roads, beaches, and town shops and restaurants.

He will be at full working capacity for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

“You know, we’re cautiously optimistic that everything will be fine and that the virus will allow us to operate pretty close to what we’ve been used to for the past 23 or 24 years,” said Paul Murphy, Downeast Transportation. executive Director.

It’s been a long time to get back to business for the Island Explorer since making the decision not to run out of pandemic issues in 2020.

“At this time two years ago, it was dead here. Very quiet,” Murphy said.

Service returned last year, but on a reduced schedule.

“Last year we didn’t cover Southwest Harbor and Tremont, or Mount Desert. This year, we returned to those communities. We operate well into the evening and generally have more service on the road,” Murphy said.

A return to normal for 2022 is welcomed by drivers and riders.

“This year we’re pretty close to our 100 riders, and it’s just a very different vibe. It’s lively. There’s a lot to do. Judging by our feedback, it’s a big deal to both for the park and for the community.Twenty percent of our passengers are locals who use the Island Explorer to get to work, to play, to get from point A to point B. Our Mission is not just to reduce congestion in and around Acadia National Park, but in the general communities,” Murphy said.

For more information on the Island Explorer bus service, visit their website at exploreacadia.com.

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