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COAST to continue Washington Street service in Rochester, despite driver shortage

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Due to a staffing shortage, COAST was forced to implement temporary service suspensions for public transit. One suspension included a portion of Route 14 on the Spaulding Turnpike, between Portsmouth and NHDOT Park & Ride (near Exit 13) in Rochester.

The portion of Route 14 operating within Rochester, on Washington Street (between downtown and the NHDOT Park & Ride) remains in operation both outbound and inbound. 

In downtown, connections and transfers can be made via COAST Routes 6 and 12 to travel further within Rochester, or out of Rochester to the North (to Farmington on NH 11) or South (to Somersworth/Dover on NH 108).

According to COAST Executive Director Rad C. Nichols, COAST is piloting a new ‘Free Transfer Program’ for the first 6 months of 2022. The program aims to reduce the cost of transferring between Routes 6 and 12/14 in Rochester.

The public transit services provided by COAST are affordable, safe, connect riders to the Greater Seacoast Region, and are easy to use. For more information visit COAST’s website at www.coastbus.org or call 603.743.5777 ext. 1.

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