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. Please note that Southern Maine Pathways Students (SMCC) cannot board the bus with their USM ID Card. They must use their SMCC card to 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 or more per ride on any of the METRO service lines, including the Husky Line.
  • Always check for the latest updates from METRO regarding service frequency and route changes. For the 2022-2023 winter break, service will be temporarily reduced to every 45 minutes.

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

Additional Information

  • Click the plus sign next to the following topics for more information.

There are 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 — 6:30 PM: Every 30 minutes
    • 6:30 PM — 10:10 PM: Every hour
  • Saturdays, 8:00 AM — 10:15 PM: Every 45 minutes to an hour
  • Sundays, 8:00 AM — 6:30 PM: Every 90 minutes
  • Ride times vary depending on the time of day and traffic, so make sure to check the schedule sites listed above
Schedule Changes
  • 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 student and career center, between the new residence hall 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:
  • Outside of Bailey Hall, on the side facing Russell Hall.
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 METRO Hub at the intersection of Mechanic Street and William Clark Dr. — This is also a transfer station for other METRO Lines.
  • Rock Row (Westbrook Crossing), on outer Brighton Ave.
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.

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.