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METRO Husky Line

METRO Husky Line busThe University of Southern Maine (USM) has partnered with Greater Portland METRO to provide Portland-Gorham campus transit service via the Husky Line — which features a new, Wi-Fi-enabled natural gas fleet of buses. The Husky Line replaces and enhances our prior chartered service between the campuses.

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 now access all Greater Portland METRO lines for free with your USM Campus ID Card.

What You Need to Ride

USM Campus ID CardThe 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 — 10:00 PM: Every hour
    • Sundays, 8:30 AM — 6:30 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 campus in Portland and Gorham, as well as downtown and outer Portland, Westbrook, and Gorham. 

On Campus: Portland 

  • 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.

On Campus: Gorham

Portland (Off-Campus)

  • Downtown: METRO Pulse Station on Elm Street — This is also a transfer station for other METRO Lines.
  • Intersection of Marginal Way with Preble Street & Elm Street
  • 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.

Not finding the information you're looking for? Check out METRO Husky Line: Frequently Asked Questions for additional details.

Additional METRO Lines

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.