MAINEBIZ: Private bus operators cry foul over USM-METRO deal

Four privately owned bus companies are challenging the Portland Metro system's partnership with the University of Southern Maine to expand public bus service to Westbrook and Gorham and offer students unlimited rides.

Maine Public reported that the coalition — which calls itself Taxpayers for Wise Transit Spending and includes VIP Tour & Charter, Northeast Charter and Tour, Custom Coach and Limousine and Cyr Bus Line — alleges the $4.5 million initiative unfairly pits taxpayer-supported entities against tax-paying private businesses.

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