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  • Meet the Lakes Region Explorer!

    Starting Monday, 8/17, the Lakes Region Bus will have a new name, a new look and an expanded route with service to Bridgton and many new stops along the way to Portland.

  • RTP Receives 2 Donations!

    RTP Received a $15,000 Gift from the John T. Gorman Foundation and a $15,000 gift from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation!

Meet the Lakes Region Explorer

The Lakes Region Bus is now the Lakes Region Explorer and has an expanded route that includes Bridgton!  Click here to download and print the schedule.

RTP has been working closely with the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), Maine Department of Transportation and the Public Health Program at the Opportunity Alliance (TOA) to increase the convenience and sustainability of this valuable service for the Lakes Region community.

A survey of over 400 Lakes Region residents, conducted by GPCOG and TOA this spring, indicated strong support for the service. One in six respondents noted that the lack of a vehicle, or reliable access to transportation, can be a barrier to employment for them. To read the full report on the survey, visit http://www.gpcog.org/transportation-land-use/transit/lakesregionbus/


Bus Stops

ATTENTION: The Lakes Region Explorer no longer stops at Casco-Norm’s O Scale Trains, 41 Roosevelt Trail


  • One-Way Trip: $3
  • Seniors 65+ and Students (with ID): $2
  • Children 5 and Under: Free with paying adult

Free Transfers to Portland and South Portland Buses

Ask the Lakes Region Explorer driver for a free transfer ticket when you board. Give the transfer ticket to the driver when you board the METRO & South Portland City Bus Service (SPBS).

  • Transfers must be used on the same day, on the next available bus going to your destination.
  • If you are transferring from a METRO/SPBS bus to the Lakes Region Explorer, the fare is only $1.50 with a METRO or South Portland City Bus Service transfer ticket.


  • 10-Ride Pass: $25
  • Monthly Pass: $50
  • Single Ride: $3

Passes can be purchased from the bus driver and at the RTP office (127 St. John Street Portland). Cash, check and money order only. For information on obtaining free or discount passes, visit 211.org or call 211.


Free parking is available to bus riders at the following stops: Naples, Raymond, Windham & Westbrook. More stops will offer parking starting 8/17!

Be On Time to Board

In order to help us stay on schedule, we encourage all riders to make sure they are at their stop 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time. This will help ensure that you do not miss your ride and help us to board at each stop in a timely manner.

ADA Accessibility

The bus is accessible. It is equipped with a passenger lift that can be used by persons with wheelchairs, walkers or persons with disabilities, that may require on-boarding assistance. Space is provided on each bus for two persons in wheelchairs.

Bike Racks on Bus

The Lakes Region Bus has a bike rack that can accommodate two bikes. Click here to see a video on how to load your bike on the bus.

No Holiday Service

The Lakes Region Explorer does not run on the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving & the Friday after, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

Weather Cancellations

RTP provides safe service during typical Maine weather conditions, but if the weather is severe, change in service will be posted on our Facebook page, WCSH6.com & 13 or you can call 774-2666

Questions and Comments

We value your feedback! Please contact Belinda Hutchinson at bhutchinson@rtprides.org