ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The Island Explorer shuttle system that serves the park and towns around Mount Desert Island will transition to its fall schedule two days early this year.
Managers are citing the difficulty in finding drivers, especially once school starts, as the reason.
Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 30, only shaded times (those filled with color) on the service’s printed and electronic schedules will operate. Fall service will continue through Oct. 10, Columbus Day.
Only the Southwest Harbor route will operate on summer hours for the days of Aug. 30 and 31, moving to its fall schedule on Sept. 1 as originally planned.
Island Explorer will have a number of back-up buses in operation throughout the system on Aug. 30 and 31.
These buses will roam hot spots where demand is heavy and to extend unscheduled service.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this causes,” said system manager Paul Murphy. To find a schedule, visit www.exploreacadia.com or local visitor centers and chambers of commerce.