April 20, 2018

In response to the Somersworth City Council's recent approval of a $17,000 increase in COAST funding in the upcoming FY19 budget, the COAST Board of Directors has voted to eliminate the additional $0.25 fee to board buses in Somersworth. The increase was recognized as a good faith effort by the City to close the growing gap between COAST's funding request and the City's recent practice of level funding the organization.

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April 11, 2018

COAST currently operates its bus service, know as Route 7, between Newmarket and Exeter four days a week during daytime hours. This route connects pre-determined stops along a set schedule. After two plus years of operating the current service, the organization believes changing the way service is delivered from the current fixed-route to a reservation-based demand response model will produce a more attractive service for both existing and potential new customers, expand the potential reach of the service, and be a more efficient use of resources....Read More about Service Delivery Improvement Coming to Newmarket and Exeter

April 11, 2018

In an effort to improve on-time performance the Seacoast's public transit provider has announced plans to re-time its entire bus system. Due to increased ridership, additional traffic signals, new commercial development, congestion and additional routing diversions along the bus routes, on-time performance has been slipping in recent years. "We are committed to providing customer-focused public transportation with a commitment to excellence in safety and service - and correcting issues that may negatively impact that commitment," stated Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director.

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April 10, 2018

Dover, NH - Not unlike many school districts and employers who rely on commercial vehicle operators, COAST has been suffering from a severe lack of qualified operators. "We have been operating with an ongoing operator shortage for much of the past three years," stated Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. Unfortunately, over the past few months the shortage has only grown, and the region's public transit provider is now in the position of not being able to meet all of its published service schedules....Read More about Severe Operator Shortage to Force Suspension of Some Service

March 20, 2018

The COAST Board of Directors will be meeting on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:30 AM in the conference room of the COAST Administrative Offices. For more information please see the agenda.

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March 12, 2018

Due to the winter storm that is predicted to hit tomorrow, the decision has been made to curtail all service on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. "We have been watching the weather forecasts all morning and, as much as it pains us to say this and we don't want to have to shut down again, we feel this is the most prudent decision we could make based on the predicted conditions," stated Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director.

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