COAST proposes ending Route 7 service
COAST has proposed canceling Route 7 because of low ridership and a lack of community funding.
The elimination of the route would include ADA paratransit as well.
"Proposing the elimination of Route 7 and the associated
ADA paratransit services has been extremely difficult," said Rad Nichols, COAST executive director. "I understand how these services are an absolute lifeline for many of our riders. Unfortunately, there simply are not sufficient funds to continue their operation."
Newmarket, one of the towns along the route that also helps with funding, expressed disappointment at the decision.
"Eliminating this route is cutting off a lifeline for a number of our residents who rely on public transportation throughout the region," said Town Administrator Steve Fournier. "I am dismayed COAST was not able to come to a solution to this problem. I am also disappointed in those communities that are not financially contributing to provide this service. Supporting public transportation supports the businesses in their communities by providing access to them from surrounding communities."
COAST plans to hold several meetings to talk about the elimination in late March or early April.
Besides Newmarket, the route also goes through Exeter, Stratham, Greenland, Newington and Portsmouth.
For more information, visit coastbus.org or call COAST at (603) 743-5777.