The Island Explorer bus service will shift to its fall schedule earlier than planned. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Explorer buses reduce schedule

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 or local visitor centers and chambers of commerce.

Call 667-5796.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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