MAINE PUBLIC: Coalition Challenges Portland Metro’s Bus Deal With USM

 Greg Isherwood (left) and Jason Briggs, photo by ABUKAR ADAN / MAINE PUBLIC

Greg Isherwood (left) and Jason Briggs, photo by ABUKAR ADAN / MAINE PUBLIC

A coalition of four privately owned bus companies is calling out the Portland Metro system for competing with private business.

The alliance is challenging a purported $4.5 million deal between Metro and the University of Southern Maine that would expand the public bus service to Gorham and offer students unlimited rides.

Jason Briggs, vice president of VIP Tour & Charter, says the contract should have sought bids.

“If the University System was putting a new a roof on a building, as a person mentioned, they’d put it out to bid and have several bids. They’d pick the lowest bidder and the most competent person. And they’re not doing that in this case. They’re going with Metro.”

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