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News releases and service updates for the Island Explorer are posted here as they become available.
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DOWNEAST ADDS AUDIO WEB FEATURE
October 22, 2013 - Visitors to Downeast Transportation and Island Explorer web sites can now sit back and listen to information about Hancock County transit services. The local bus company has partnered with the international technology firm BrowseAloud to provide improved accessibility for people who have difficulty reading web content, as well as for people who prefer to listen instead of read.
     "We have introduced BrowseAloud to make it easier for residents and visitors to obtain information about our services," said Downeast Transportation General Manager Paul Murphy. "Downeast Transportation has operated wheelchair accessible buses for 33 years, and we are now working to ensure that our information systems are fully accessible too," Murphy said.
     Visitors to the Downeast Transportation and Island Explorer web sites can activate a BrowseAloud link on either home page. To hear text read aloud from a desktop or laptop computer, simply move your mouse pointer over the text. From a touch screen devise, simply tap on the text to hear it read aloud.

NEW LINK: VISITOR CENTER - JORDAN POND
April 25, 2013 - Beginning in 2013, Jordan Pond buses will offer direct service between the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Jordan Pond . This will allow people traveling to the Jordan Pond House to enjoy their popovers without searching for parking. This route change also offers quick access from the Visitor Center to hiking trails at Bubble Rock.

ISLAND EXPLORER COMPLETES 14th SEASON
October, 2012 - Island Explorer buses carried a total of 439,053 riders in 2012. Totals for 2012 were 9% above 2011, 7% higher than 2010, and 19% higher than 2009. The summer average in 2012 was 5,218 riders per day. The one-day peak was August 7, with 8,404 riders.

ISLAND EXPLORER COMPLETES 13th SEASON
October 25, 2011 - Island Explorer buses carried a total of 403,754 riders in 2011. Totals for 2011 were 2% below 2010, 10% higher than 2009, and the same as 2008. The summer average in 2011 was 4,716 riders per day. The one-day peak was August 17, with 7,486 riders.

FOUR MILLION PASSENGERS
August 19, 2011 - Supporters of the Island Explorer greeted the bus system's 4 millionth passenger at the Bar Harbor Village Green on August 19. The Sherlock family of Cherry Hill New Jersey disembarked from the Sand Beach bus at 10:20 a.m. to the news that a member of their group was rider number four million. Representatives from Acadia National Park, L.L.Bean, Friends of Acadia, and Downeast Transportation applauded the family for using the environmentally friendly bus service and awarded them with a tote bag and fift card from L.L.Bean and a gift membership to Friends of Acadia.

ISLAND EXPLORER COMPLETES 12th SEASON
November 3, 2010 - Island Explorer buses carried a total of 412,132 riders in 2010. The daily summer average was 4,832 riders per day. The one-day peak was August 71, 2009, with 8,010 riders.
     Since its beginning in 1999, free Acadia shuttles have provided 3.7 million rides to Mount Desert Island visitors and residents.

THREE MILLION ISLAND EXPLORER RIDERS
July 27, 2009 - On Monday, July 27, 2009, supporters of the Island Explorer greeted the bus system's 3 millionth passenger at the Bar Harbor Village Green.
     On hand to participate in the ceremony were representatives of Acadia National Park, Friends of Acadia, L.L. Bean, and Downeast Transportation.
     Since its inception in 1999, the Island Explorer has prevented emissions of more than 10,250 tons of greenhouse gases and 16 tons of smog-causing pollutants.
     According to Friends of Acadia, if all the cars and RV's removed from the roads by the Island Explorer since 1999 were placed bumper to bumper, the traffic jam would extend from Bar Harbor south to the Florida Keys and back up the west coast of Florida past St. Petersburg to Yankeetown.


The Island Explorer is operated by
Downeast Transportation
PO Box 914
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-5796

For email inquiries, info@exploreacadia.com