ACADIA NAT’L PARK — From now until Oct. 10, the parking area at Bubble Pond on the Park Loop Road will be open only to bicycles and the fare-free Island Explorer buses, which start running today, Thursday, June 23.
The 11-space parking area “has a long history of vehicle congestion and illegal parking, which have often prevented the Island Explorer from operating safely and efficiently at the bus stop,” according to a park press release.
“On a recurring basis, illegally parked vehicles have forced the Island Explorer to load and unload passengers at the side of the Loop Road rather than using the bus stop.”
Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider said conflicts between buses and private vehicles at Bubble Pond “create delays in service and unsafe conditions for visitors.”
Park officials will assess the benefits and disadvantages of limiting the Bubble Pond parking area to Island Explorer buses and bicycles. The results of that assessment will be factored into the development of a comprehensive, long-range transportation plan for Acadia. That planning process began last year and is expected to be completed in 2018.