USM Public Safety

METRO Husky Line: Frequently Asked Questions

The METRO Husky Line provides Portland-Gorham campus transit 7-days-per-week, with additional stops in downtown and outer Portland, Westbrook, and Gorham.

You’ll need your USM Campus ID Card to ride.

If you don’t see an answer to your question below, please contact Greater Portland METRO:

Frequently Asked Questions

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

You can download the Transit App  on your mobile phone.

How do I download the mobile app?

  • On your mobile phone:
    • Visit the Transit App  site.
    • Select your mobile phone type  — iPhone or Android.
    • The App Store will open, with an option to download the Transit App.
    • Select Get.
    • Select Install.

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.

For schedules, pick-up locations and more information return to METRO Husky Line.