“Affordable public transportation is essential for college students, senior citizens on fixed incomes and working families,” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci, who donated his city council salary to the Community Connector bus service to keep it going last year. Baldacci also held a spaghetti dinner in order to save the bus route from city cuts due to Governor LePage’s bad policies.
This article appeared in Maine Insights by Ramona du Houx, May 27th, 2014
Today transit drivers and community members rallied to call on Maine’s Congressional Delegation to fund public transportation in Pickering Square, Bangor. The drivers are members of the newly organized union in Bangor, which is part of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 714. ATU 714 represents approximately 34 drivers in Bangor and also represents bus drivers at the Portland Metro.
“Now that we have a union we have a voice and a place at the table. We are here today to exercise that voice. Please take action and call your elected officials today,” said Susan Warner of Carmel, a Bangor transit driver and union leader of the ATU 714. “Congress should pass SB 2322 to fund public transit now.”
The Bangor drivers voted to organize a year ago and just settled their first contract with the City of Bangor this month. Continue reading →
On The Bangor Daily News – Nov. 10, 2013: By Ramona du Houx
The brother’s Baldacci, Governor John Baldacci and City Councilman Joe Baldacci, hosted a spaghetti benefit dinner at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on October 30th. The line for the fundraiser to save the Community Connector’s Odlin Road bus route went out the front doors of the center far into the parking lot. Over 400 concerned community members turned out to help the cause.
“There are no words to describe this outpouring of support from the community. I could cry. They heard about the event, they want us, and the need us. It’s the greatest thing ever,” said interim bus superintendent, Laurie Linscott.
So far $12,000 has been raised to sustain the route, including $5,000 brought in from the spaghetti dinner. The cost of maintaining the service from September through June of 2014 is $20,000. Continue reading →