ATRC Transit Study

citylink has been providing Lewiston and Auburn with bus service since 1976. With the dramatic changes in the area’s population over the last ten years, we want to reexamine that service and develop a plan for both immediate and long-term improvements – not just in L-A but in the adjoining towns of Lisbon and Sabattus.

Our first step was to reach out to residents – even those who have never used bus service – with an online survey. After receiving responses since November, the survey is now closed. Thank you to all who have responded as this will help ATRC to make changes that will make transit more convenient for more customers. 

The goal of the study is to design the most effective, efficient transit system for the region starting from the bottom up. The study will make recommendations to improve transit convenience, reliability, and accessibility for riders, reduce travel times between destinations, and expand service at times and locations where there is the highest demand.

While nationwide transit usage has understandably gone down over the past months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, transit experts are expecting numbers to begin to return to normal sometime in 2021.

The study is scheduled to be completed next year, with study updates and the final reports available on this website. The recommendations will be designed to be implemented over time; some will be shorter term, some could take a few years.

If you’d like to get an update on upcoming public meetings, or copy of the report when it is completed, just send your email address or cell number to


The study contract was awarded to the consulting team from AECOM.


Request For Proposals (RFP)

The Androscoggin Transportation Resource Center (ATRC), as the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the urbanized area of Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, is seeking the services of qualified consulting firm(s) to conduct an assessment of the transit needs and system recommendations for transit in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Proposals are to be submitted to Jennifer Williams in Portable Document Format (PDF)  no later than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020, as per the ATRC Request for Proposals (PDF). All requests for clarification and/or additional information were to be submitted via email to Jennifer Williams no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020. The answers to the submitted questions can be found in the "RFP Clarifications" document below. MaineDOT prequalification is required before a contract can be awarded. Prequalification is not required in order to respond to this RFP; but prequalification is necessary before a contract for work can be executed.

ATRC Transit Study RFP