Would you like a METRO RATE HIKE? …attend public hearings!

February 8, 2010

METRO Riders Network – http://metroriders.wordpress.com

Here’s a message from the The League:

And when you’re finished making your voices heard about non-citizen voting rights, go down the hall to the State of Maine Room for more social-justice fun at the METRO public hearing, starting at 7:00pm!

If you ride the bus on a regular basis, rely on the monthly pass to get where you need to go, or you have been considering buying that monthly pass, you should absolutely be at this meeting. Due to budget cuts, METRO is facing some really difficult decisions, and they’re considering raising their fares.

What does that mean?

Single fare would increase from $1.25 to $1.50 (20% increase)

10-ride fare would increase from $11 to $14 (27% increase)

Monthly fare would increase from $37.50 to $45 (20% increase)

If this impacts you or you think it might in the future, now is the time to speak up. We want the METRO Board to think outside the box and come up with creative ways for METRO to decrease spending without having to increase their monthly pass. Because increasing fares is likely to decrease bus use, the METRO is potentially shooting itself in the foot. The Board should decrease the fare for monthly passes to increase ridership.

They will be voting on this on Thursday, February 24, 2010, so there is no time to waste!

Hope to see you there!


Here are some links from:

METRO Riders Network – http://metroriders.wordpress.com






February 8, 2010

The Portland Police Department is pleased to be hosting another R.A.D. Training class in February 2010. R.A.D provides women with the tools they need both to avoid dangerous situations and to escape from them. It is specifically designed to help women survive situa-tions in which their lives are in jeopardy. This course is open to all women in the Greater Portland area who would like to develop real life defensive tools and tactics. The Basic Self-Defense Course consists of 5 three-hour classes (Feb 2,4,9, and 11, from 6 – 9pm, and Feb 13 from 8am to 12noon). All classes must be attended to complete the course. Classes will be held at the Portland Police Department, 109 Middle Street. The course donation is $25, which will help support the Amy St. Laurent Foundation which sponsors these classes. To sign up for this class or receive more information, please contact 756-8643 or e-mail, ppdrad@portland maine.gov.