WATERVILLE — The Kennebec and Somerset Explorer public transit system, a service of the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, is scheduled to resume regular routes and times beginning Monday, June 21.

Because of COVID-19 precautions, the system changed to an on-demand service last spring, halting traditional operations and requiring people to call ahead for rides.

“Now that most of the restrictions have been lifted, we believe now is the time to return to pre-pandemic routes and schedules,” said Kirk Bellavance, KVCAP’s Director of Fleet Operations, according to a news release. “We know people want to ride and we want to make this service as convenient and accessible as possible.”

The Kennebec Explorer serves the greater Waterville and Augusta communities daily Monday through Friday. It also offers intercity transportation between Waterville and Augusta, with times staggered throughout each day. The Somerset Explorer operates routes in Skowhegan, Madison, Anson, and Norridgewock on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

A one-way trip within one community is $1.25, and $1.50 when traveling between towns. Intercity between Waterville and Augusta one way is $3.50. Children 6-12 years old ride for 50 cents, and those younger than 6 ride free with an adult.

A local monthly bus pass is $40, and an intercity monthly bus pass is $80. Riders should have their fare, ticket, or pass ready to give the driver when boarding the bus.

Face coverings will continue to be required, as mandated by the federal Transportation Security Administration. Additionally, social distancing guidelines should be followed whenever situations allow.

For information about the current routes and schedules, visit kvcap.org and click on the transportation link. Riders with questions can also call 207-859-1500.


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