The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) is a federal metropolitan planning organization that coordinates transportation planning and investment decisions with the state, municipalities and public transportation partners. It directs the spending of more than $25 million in transportation funding each year.
The PACTS-GPCOG merger
The Pacts Policy Committee and the GPCOG Executive Committee have approved an agreement in which PACTS would become a part of GPCOG while retaining its responsibilities as Metropolitan Planning Organization
The agreement would allow PACTS and GPCOG leadership to work seamlessly together on issues in our region, like safe roads, public transportation, housing, economic growth and environmental sustainability, all of which demand integrated strategies. With unified staff and leadership, GPCOG will be better positioned to help the region find solutions to our biggest challenges.
The agreement is now ready for a final vote by the GPCOG General Assembly at the Annual Summit in May.
PACTS reforms and priorities
The PACTS area includes portions or all of 18 communities:
PACTS members also include:
- Biddeford Saco Old Orchard Beach Transit
- Casco Bay Island Transit District
- Greater Portland Metro
- Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority
- Regional Transportation Program
- South Portland Bus Service
- York County Community Action Corporation
- Federal Highway Administration
- Federal Transit Administration
- Maine Department of Transportation
- Maine Turnpike Authority
- Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
Capital Improvement Projects
PACTS shares the responsibility with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) for the programming of all capital improvement projects funded with Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration funds in the PACTS Capital Management Area.
Programming is the decision to fund a project for design, construction and/or operation. MaineDOT and others are responsible for the steps after programming.