The 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 will replace the chartered shuttle bus service. Service begins on August 27, 2018.
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
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.
Riding the METRO Husky Line
Service will begin on August 27, 2018.
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
- Monday — Friday
- 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.
On Campus: Portland
August 27 — September 2: Board on Falmouth St., outside of the Science Building.
Starting September 4:
- Traveling to Gorham: Sidewalk shelter located on Bedford St., in front of the commuter parking lot, between Woodbury Campus Center and Masterton Hall.
- Traveling to downtown Portland: Sidewalk shelter located on Bedford St., outside of Abromson Community Education Center.
On Campus: Gorham
- Outside of Bailey Hall.
- Downtown: Pulse Station, Elm St., Portland — This is also a transfer station for other METRO Lines.
- Preble St./Elm St. at Marginal Way
- Brighton Ave. at Stevens Ave.
- Westbrook Hub, Mechanic St. at William Clark Dr. — This is also a transfer station for other METRO Lines.
- Main St.
- Free Wi-Fi.
- USB charging ports.
- 3 bike racks. How to load your bike onto a METRO bike rack.
- 2-3 wheelchair-accessible ramps. Read more about accessible services.
- Brand new, natural gas buses.
- Frequent pick-ups.
- Year-round service, 7 days per week, excluding major holidays.
- Enter to win prizes! Register at GoMaine, log your miles, and win prizes.
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. Providing students, staff, and faculty access to ride anywhere on the METRO transit service will help 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.
Additional METRO Lines
All USM students, staff, and faculty can ride any METRO Line for free with your USM Campus ID Card.
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 St.
- Westbrook: Westbrook Hub station on Mechanic St.
*Please note that students of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) do not qualify to ride METRO for free with a USM Campus ID Card.