Transit Stop Access Project

The Transit Stop Access Project will prioritize and fund improvements at bus stops for three fixed route transit services in the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) region: 

  • Greater Portland Transit District (METRO)
  • City of South Portland Bus Service (SPBS)
  • Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach (BSOOB) Transit

Results of Project

The project will result in construction of accessibility improvements at up to 120 stops, construction of up to three transit mini-hubs, and construction of pedestrian/bicycle facilities at up to 20 locations. A transit mini-hub is an enhanced stop, where riders will find additional conveniences as they transfer to another bus or shift to another mode of transportation.

Funding Source

  • Planning: Federal Transit Administration 5303 funds with local match from Greater Portland Council of Government (GPCOG) member dues
  • Capital: Federal Transit Administration 5307 funds with local match from METRO, the City of South Portland, and BSOOB Transit.

Timeline

  • Phase I - Planning: Complete
  • Phase II - Design and Engineering: 2018 to 2021
    • Part A: Conceptual Design Development
    • Part B: Preliminary and Final Site Design and Engineering, Development of Project Bid and Construction Documents
  • Phase III - Construction: 2021 to 2022

Phase I

In 2017, the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) and project consultant McMahon Associates, along with sub-consultant Morris Communications, worked with the three transit operators and key stakeholders to:

  • Identify and prioritize high-priority bus stops for accessibility improvements using field audits and scoring criteria
  • Define amenities for, and possible locations of, new regional transit mini-hubs
  • Provide a menu of bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements for implementation within a half mile of existing transit stops
  • Develop recommendations for a project management structure to be used in Phase III

Read the Transit Stop Access Project Phase I Report (PDF) completed in January 2018.

Phase II Part A

In 2019, the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) and project consultant McMahon Associations, along with sub-consultants Ransom Consulting, Inc. and Morris Communications, worked with the three transit operators and key stakeholders to:

  • Develop conceptual design plans and cost estimates for approximately 120 stops identified as high priority for accessibility improvements
  • Develop conceptual design plans and cost estimates for two transit mini-hubs
  • Identify, and include in the conceptual design plans and cost estimates, bicycle and pedestrian improvements at approximately 20 locations (from among the 120 stops and 2 mini-hubs)

Read the Transit Stop Access Project Phase II Part A Report (PDF) completed in December 2019.

Next Steps

PACTS will release a request for proposals (RFP) for the Transit Stop Access Project Phase II Part B in early 2020.