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METRO Husky Line

Husky Line on the Gorham Campus

In partnership with the Greater Portland METRO, the University of Southern Maine (USM) provides free Portland-Gorham campus transit service via the Husky Line, featuring a Wi-Fi-enabled natural gas fleet of buses.

You can board the METRO Husky Line on campus in Portland or Gorham, as well as at additional stops in Portland, Westbrook, and Gorham.

As an additional benefit for all USM students*, staff, and faculty, you can access all Greater Portland METRO lines for free with your USM Campus ID Card.

What You Need to Ride:

  • The METRO Husky Line is a public transit service, so you’ll need to show your USM Campus ID Card each time you ride.
  • The USM Campus ID Card also enables all USM students, staff, and faculty to ride the entire METRO system for free.
  • Important: If a USM Campus ID Card is not presented while boarding, the cost will be $1.50 per ride on any of the METRO service lines, including the Husky Line.

Deboarding: To signal to the bus driver that you want to get off at the next stop, you must pull the cord.

Riding the METRO Husky Line

Three ways to check the METRO Husky Line Schedule:

Boarding and Ride Times

Actual boarding times vary from this approximate schedule:

    • Monday — Friday
      • 6:00 AM — 6:00 PM: Every 30 minutes
      • 6:00 PM — 10:30 PM: Every hour
    • Saturdays, 8:00 AM — 11:00 PM: Every hour
    • Sundays, 8:00 AM — 7:00 PM: Every hour
  • Ride times vary depending on the time of day and traffic, so be sure to coordinate with the USM Course Schedule and USM Event Schedule.

Schedule Changes

  • There is no METRO transit service on major holidays.
  • In the case of severe winter weather:
    • Any changes to METRO transit service will be available on the GPMETRO site and via text alerts.
    • When USM campuses close due to a storm, that does not necessarily mean that METRO service will also be canceled.

The Husky Line makes stops on the Portland and Gorham campuses, as well as downtown and outer Portland, Westbrook, and Gorham.

Portland Campus:

  • Traveling west — to Gorham Campus, Westbrook, or outer Portland:
    • Board at the sidewalk shelter located on Bedford Street (westbound) — in front of the commuter parking lot, between Woodbury Campus Center and Masterton Hall.
  • Traveling east — to downtown Portland:
    • Board at the sidewalk shelter located on Bedford Street (eastbound) — in front of Abromson Community Education Center and parking garage.

Gorham Campus:

Portland (Off-Campus)

  • Downtown: METRO Pulse Station on Elm Street — This is also a transfer station for other METRO Lines.
  • The intersection of Marginal Way with Preble Street & Elm Street
  • The intersection of Brighton Ave. and Stevens Ave.

Westbrook

  • Westbrook METRO Hub at the intersection of Mechanic Street and William Clark Dr. — This is also a transfer station for other METRO Lines.

Gorham (Off-Campus)

  • Main Street in Gorham Village

See a map of the METRO Husky Line

All METRO buses are equipped with passenger lifts or ramps that can be used by persons with wheelchairs or walkers, or by persons with disabilities that may require on-boarding assistance.

Visit GPMETRO for additional accessibility guidelines.

The University’s partnership with Greater Portland METRO aligns with our Strategic Sustainability Plan, which calls for the University to be carbon neutral by the year 2040. To achieve this goal, the University aims to lower its transportation footprint by 20% by 2025.

By providing our students, staff, and faculty free access to the METRO transit service, we'll help to curb commuting miles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In support of sustainable transportation options throughout the state of Maine, GoMaine offers USM students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to log their miles on the METRO Lines and enter to win prizes.

How do I find out when the bus is going to arrive at my location?

You can download the Transit App Transit App Icon for free on your mobile phone.

How do I download the mobile app?

  • On your mobile phone:
    • Visit the Transit App Transit App Icon site.
    • Select your mobile phone type — iPhone or Android.
    • Follow the on-screen prompts to download and install the app.

How do I sign up for the text alerts?

  • Visit the METRO Notify Me page.
    • Enter your email address.
    • Check the box to receive text messages on your mobile phone.
    • Enter your phone number.
    • Click Save.

What happens if I forget my USM Campus ID Card?

If a USM Campus ID Card is not presented while boarding, the cost will be $1.50 per ride on any of the METRO service lines, including the Husky Line.

I lost my USM Campus ID Card. What do I do?

Visit Campus Card Services for a replacement card.

How long does it take to travel from the Gorham campus to the Portland campus (or vice versa) on the Husky Line?

  • Depending on the time of day and street traffic, rides can take 22-45 minutes.
  • Ride times vary depending on the time of day and traffic, so be sure to plan ahead and check the approximate ride times (information below).
  • You can review approximate ride times by checking the METRO Husky Line schedule. There are three ways to check the schedule:

How do I let the driver know that I want to get off at the next stop?

To signal to the bus driver that you want to get off at the next stop, you must pull the yellow cord.

Will the bus always stop at every stop — including campus?

During busy weekday class hours, when many USM students will be on the bus, the driver is likely to know to stop on campus and all other Husky Line stops.

If you’re riding in the early morning, late evening, or the weekend, when there aren’t many riders on the bus, you should pull the yellow cord to alert the driver that you want to get off at your desired stop.

Where can I view the other METRO routes?

For schedules and maps of other METRO lines, visit the METRO site.

Does the Greater Portland METRO system connect with the South Portland bus system?

The METRO routes do not connect to any other bus systems.

What popular stops are on other METRO lines? What lines do I take for those stops?

  • The Maine Mall: Route 5
    • To transfer from the Husky Line to Route 5, ride the Husky Line eastbound to downtown Portland and get off at the METRO Pulse Station on Elm Street.
  • The South Portland Jetport: Route 5
    • To transfer from the Husky Line to Route 5, ride the Husky Line eastbound to downtown Portland and get off at the METRO Pulse Station on Elm Street.

Can I bring my bike on the bus?

Yes. Each bus is equipped with three bike racks. How to load your bike onto a METRO bike rack.

When campuses close due to winter weather, does the Husky Line also stop running?

When University campuses close due to a winter storm, that does not necessarily mean that METRO service will also be canceled. The University operates separately from the METRO system.

In the case of severe winter weather: Any changes to METRO transit service will be available on the METRO site and via text alerts.

Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about the bus line?

All METRO lines and buses — including the Husky Line — are operated by Greater Portland METRO. For all questions, comments, and concerns about the METRO Husky Line and other METRO routes, please contact METRO.

All USM students, staff, and faculty can ride any METRO Line for free with your USM Campus ID Card.

View METRO Lines and Schedules


Connecting to the Husky Line

Because the Husky Line includes stops at transfer stations in downtown Portland and Westbrook, you can use METRO to get from home to campus, to work, and to your internship.

Transfer stations on the Husky Line:

  • Downtown Portland: METRO Pulse Station on Elm Street
  • Westbrook: Westbrook METRO Hub Station on Mechanic Street

View METRO Lines and Schedules

*Please note that students of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) may ride the bus for the regular fare, but do not qualify to ride METRO for free with a USM Campus ID Card.