LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A fleet of buses that serve thousands of people in Lewiston-Auburn are being reviewed after a state inspection report showed safety and maintenance issues.
City Link buses that serve the communities of Lewiston and Auburn are expected to transport 350,000 people throughout those two cities this year, according to L/A Transit Committee Chair Phil Nadeau.
"There's no doubt that we're better served as a community with a transit system, particularly at a time when you have an aging population in this state and this community which we do," Nadeau said.
A report issued in June by the Maine Department of Transportation found several maintenance and safety issues with the L/A Transit buses, including expired inspection stickers, air leaks, door damage, and sealed exit doors.
The buses are owned by the L/A Transit Committee but are maintained and staffed by Western Maine Transportation Services.
"I believe the report was created to help us become a better organization," Western Maine Transportation Services General Manager Sandy Buchanan said.
WMTS and L/A Transit responded and said they would work with Maine DOT to fix the maintenance and safety issues. Nadeau said an important first step is bringing in California-based transportation consultant Halsey King & Associates.
"It's now time to take a more holistic look at the entire operation," Nadeau said.
Halsey King & Associates are set to arrive Monday to begin reviewing the bus system. Nadeau said they are expected to issue a report within thirty days of their visit.