Transit Together

Project Background

Transit Together is a study to examine opportunities for increased strategic partnerships, coordination, and integration within the region's transit system. The study consists of four tasks:

  • A regionwide network design, considering routing, scheduling, and other service adjustment opportunities, to improve the rider experience and bolster the viability of transit as a transportation option in the greater Portland region
  • An analysis of the feasibility of microtransit to serve low-density, low-ridership areas, and equity target areas, allowing fixed-route services to more efficiently serve high-ridership or high-density areas
  • An analysis of opportunities for increased efficiencies in the administrative and organizational functions of the region's transit agencies, including labor, maintenance, fueling and charging infrastructure, human resources, communications, and other administrative functions, to maximize the use of available funding sources
  • A group facilitation exercise to identify and address key stakeholder issues and concerns, and to establish shared agreement on implementable action items

Current Status

Staff are finalizing the project schedule, developing a public engagement plan, and preparing a kickoff meeting with the project advisory group. Stay tuned for more information.

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Read the presentation from the Oct. 6 meeting of the Project Advisory Group

Scope of Work

Transit Together scope of work (PDF)

Project Advisory Group

Work will be informed by a project advisory group to ensure a broad range of stakeholders are engaged throughout the project. These stakeholders include:

  • The region's seven transit agencies, including a representative of management, labor, and board of directors from each
  • Regional transportation policy makers, including MaineDOT, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the PACTS Policy Board
  • Regional employment centers and travel demand generators
  • Regional advocates of economic development and affordable housing
  • Two GPCOG Community Transportation Leaders

This diverse group will:

  • Discuss important issues and share ideas and priorities
  • Highlight the varying needs of the people and organizations that rely on the region's transit network
  • Identify opportunities to improve the region's transit system in support of regional goals
  • Serve as a sounding board for project staff and consultants
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