BAR HARBOR — The Island Explorer bus system that serves Maine’s Acadia National Park is getting a $1.3 million boost to make safety improvements at bus stops and increase ridership.

The Federal Transit Administration grant will go toward making improvements at six bus stops, including new boarding areas, passenger waiting areas and detailed signage.

A total of 58 projects nationwide are receiving nearly $41 million in “Transit in Parks” grants aimed at improving access for visitors to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

The Island Explorer, which also serves communities surrounding Acadia on Mount Desert Island, has carried more Adthan 4 million passengers and eliminated nearly 1.4 million private motor vehicle trips since its inception in 1999.

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