FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In November, Falmouth residents will have a chance to vote on the future of the the town's public transportation.
A public hearing was held Monday after a petition with more then eight hundred signatures put the question on the November 6th ballot. It will ask voters whether they want to withdraw from the Greater Portland Transit District. The Falmouth Flyer has provided bus service since 2004, and it became part of the Metro system in 2009. Ridership has been on the rise, but there are concerns that not enough Falmouth residents are using the service that is partially supported by their tax dollars.
"When I'm on the bus there's two or three commuters," Mike Doyle, the resident who circulated the petition said. "All the other times I'm on the bus during different times of the day, different days of the week, I am usually the only person on the bus except for the bus driver."
Representative Mary Nelson passed a law that helped bring Metro service to Falmouth.
"On Foreside Road I watch people waiting for the bus regularly. Like the train, the Amtrak train, that has seen increased ridership as people get used to using it to commute to Boston, and the bus is very busy going to Boston, I think the bus in Falmouth provides a public transportation which is a benefit and a very affordable benefit for the citizens of Falmouth."
If the measure passes, Falmouth would withdraw from the Greater Portland Transit District next year.