Cushing's Point Transportation Study
The Cushing’s Point Transportation Study is a review of the existing transportation system along South Portland’s Broadway corridor between Mill Creek and Cushing’s Point. The study will identify opportunities to improve safety, mobility and access for all users in the area, including walking, biking, taking transit and driving. The study will also examine ways to create a transportation system that balances anticipated growth in the area with the existing character of the corridor and its surrounding neighborhoods.
The study includes a review of existing traffic signal operations, bus service and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and it identifies opportunities for improvements. It also consists of an exploratory feasibility analysis of ferry service to and from downtown Portland.
This section of Broadway is a significant transportation corridor for the region. PACTS' long-range transportation plan, Destination 2040, identifies it as a priority corridor that links the priority centers of Knightville/Mill Creek and Bug Light/SMCC. The corridor is also served by transit and runs parallel to the popular Greenbelt Walkway.
The area is likely to see increased growth in the future. South Portland’s Comprehensive Plan envisions moderate-density housing and walkable neighborhood centers. To accommodate anticipated growth and maintain the existing character of the neighborhoods, it will be important to reduce congestion and promote alternative modes of transportation, namely walking, bicycling and transit.
How you can get involved
An online surve is the first opportunity for you to tell us about your experiences and preferences regarding safety, congestion, challenges and opportunities for people walking and biking, the possibility of ferry service to and from downtown Portland, and more.
On Nov. 9 from 6 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., we'll host an online meeting so the public can hear more about the study, get a summary of survey results and comment on the issues and challenges they have observed in the study area.
With your feedback, the project team over the winter will assess current conditions and identify recommendations. These recommendations will focus on improving the efficiency, safety and convenience of travel by all modes, including walking, biking, riding transit and driving.
After we develop our recommendations, we'll host a second public meeting early in 2021 to present our ideas. Based on your feedback, we'll develop a final set of recommendations and a plan for implementing them.
The study is funded by the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the greater Portland region. The City of South Portland is a project partner.