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York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC) and Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) have partnered to develop a pilot program offering a new bus route between Sanford and Saco.

This new route — the Southern Maine Connector — began February 3 and will service 4 of SMHC’s locations in the Sanford and Biddeford areas. Those locations include the campuses located at SMHC Sanford Medical Center, SMHC Biddeford Medical Center, SMHC- 46 Barra Road, Biddeford and SMHC- 9 Healthcare Drive, Biddeford. The new route will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm, and offers connections to Sanford Transit at Nasson Health Care, SMHC Sanford Medical Center, Biddeford-Saco-OOB Transit (BSOOB) at SMHC Biddeford Medical Center, and the Saco Transportation Center.

“We are excited to partner with YCCAC on this important initiative,” said Nate Howell, SMHC President. “The lack of affordable and accessible transportation has been identified as a barrier for the delivery of health care in York County, and SMHC and YCCAC came together and developed this option for our residents and patients.”

The SMC also stops at several other locations along the route, including Market Basket and Walmart in Biddeford.  The SMC is open to the public, is ADA compliant, and offers reasonable fares.

“Access to quality health care is vital to the residents of any community,” said YCCAC Deputy Director Carter Friend. “The new bus route between Springvale and Saco, with stops at SMHC facilities along the way, will certainly reduce the transportation barrier that many in our local communities experience. We’re looking forward to the partnership with SMHC, and believe that the transportation initiative will be an investment that achieves positive results and delivers community impact.”

Schedule and fare information can be found at www.yccac.org on the YCCAC Transportation webpage.

Photo: Pictured left to right: Robert Currie, YCCAC Transportation Director; Carter Friend, YCCAC Deputy Director; Patsy Aprile, Chief Operating Officer, SMHC; and Susan Keiler, Vice President of Strategic Planning, SMHC.

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