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COAST celebrates 40 years of providing transportation service

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Since delivering its first passenger in 1982, COAST has given 15.6 million rides to people in the Greater Seacoast region, affordably linking them with work, school, doctor appointments, shopping, and social events.

Public transit services in the Greater Seacoast region date back as far back as the late 19th century. But as streetcars gave way to buses in the 1930s, the region headed into the next half-century with an ever-dwindling and disconnected system of privately operated transportation options.

Formed by a group of citizens, planners, government representatives, and business owners committed to developing a coordinated system of regional transportation as a public service, COAST began financially supporting public transit services in the region in 1982.

In the last 15 years, in particular, COAST has experienced its most significant growth. As it marks its 40th anniversary, COAST is keeping its eyes firmly fixed on the road ahead.

In order to better meet its current operational needs, be responsive to future demand, and reduce its environmental impact, COAST is developing plans to build a new facility on its current property in Dover. The project, which will be funded through a combination of federal, state, local, and private dollars, is an investment in both the regional economy and climate action.

For additional information, visit www.coastbus.org.

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