Transportation

The Sugarloaf Explorer operated by Western Maine Transportation Services provides bus routes linking residential neighborhoods, condominiums, inns and hotels in Carrabassett Valley with the Sugarloaf Base Lodge, the Outdoor Center, and local shops and restaurants. All rides are free. Scheduled services are available on weekends and during holiday weeks from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. On weekdays, shuttles operate on-call from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For on-call service, dial 237-6853. Click on the Sugarloaf Explorer website for the routes and timetables.

Western Maine Transportation Services provide wheelchair-lift equipped paratransit bus and assistive seat-equipped minivan services in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties. WMTS can get you to medical appointments, shopping, personal services and daytime social activities. WMTS public bus fares range from $1.00 per one-way rides of distances under 25 miles, upward to $5.00 one-way for trips over 50 miles. The Senior Plus Elder Riders Program is for seniors aged 60 and over who are unable to afford transportation to medical appointments. Riders for this program are required to meet income guidelines. Please call 1-800-393-9335 at least 24 hours in advance (before 4 p.m.) to schedule a ride.

Rides for Carrabassett Valley residents are provided by WMTS volunteer drivers, not the minivan service. The service is available for transportation to medical appointments for all qualified MaineCare patients 60 plus years of age or disabled. Call 1-800-393-9335 two business days in advance to schedule a ride.

For non MaineCare qualified seniors there is limited transportation service available through the United Way Community Rides Program and the SeniorsPlus Elder Rides Program, also scheduled through WMTS at 1-800-393-9335. Call for further information and availability.

Friends and Family Rides

WMTS can reimburse you, a family member, or friend who drives you to and from MaineCare covered appointments. Trips must be approved in advance by the WMTS Customer Service Department. Please call 1-800-393-9335 at least 48 hours in advance.

Volunteer Driver Rides

A certified WMTS volunteer driver can pick you up at your home and transport you to your MaineCare covered appointment. Please call 1-800-393-9335 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a MaineCare ride. This is the service available to Carrabassett Valley residents.

Community Concepts Inc., with offices in Lewiston, Rumford and Wilton, offers an Elder Rides service for seniors who do not have MaineCare support for transportation to critical medical appointments. Non-medical transportation is also available for a fee. Call 1-800-866-5588 for more information on rates and availability of services in Carrabassett Valley. Interested in helping out locally? Become a volunteer driver. Call Community Concepts for information and application forms.

DAV Transportation Network

Veterans residing in Franklin County and receiving medical care at the Togus V.A. Medical Center in Augusta can receive free round-trip transportation from home to V.A, Togus, on board a van operated by a local volunteer for the DAV Transportation Network. Call the Hospital Service Coordinator at 207-623-5790 to schedule your appointments for Mondays, between 8:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.

AMTRACK DOWNEASTER with service between Portland and Boston gives discounts to seniors 62 years and older at the rate of 50% off regular fare. For more information or assistance in booking a trip, contact Natalie Allen, Marketing Director at 207-780-1000, Ext. 108 or email: Natalie@nnepra.com. While in Boston, any Maine resident is admitted to the Museum of Art, free of charge, at any time, compliments of an endowment by the Lunder Foundation of Portland.