Rapid Transit Study

Gorham-Westbrook-Portland Rapid Transit Study

The Gorham-Westbrook-Portland Rapid Transit Study examines the need for and benefits of a rapid transit line connecting Gorham, Westbrook, and Portland. The study is based on recommendations from Transit Tomorrow (the region’s long-range public transportation plan) and is led by the Greater Portland Council of Governments in collaboration with the City of Portland, the City of Westbrook, the Town of Gorham, Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, Maine Department of Transportation, Greater Portland METRO, and other agency and community stakeholders.

This rapid transit study will look at several rail and bus rapid transit options, and will document the expected benefits and impacts of these options. The study provides many opportunities for the public to participate by providing ideas and feedback through public meetings or open houses, place-specific pop-up meetings, and online. 

This study began in the spring of 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2023. Below are resources to learn more about the project: 

A graphic showing the planned timeline for the Gorham-Westbrook-Portland Rapid Transit Study. The ti

What Is Rapid Transit? 

Rapid transit is a form of public transportation that includes features that significantly improve the speed, frequency, and quality of service. The graphic below displays features of a rapid transit:

What Is Rapid Transit

Study Documents 

Existing Conditions Report (see reduced file size version here)

Rapid Transit Project Advisory Group

The Rapid Transit Study Advisory Group provides subject matter and community expertise and serves as a sounding board for project staff and consultants. 

Meeting #1 - June 9, 2022

Meeting notes | Presentation | Recording 

Meeting #2 - September 15, 2022

Meeting notes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #3 - December 8, 2022

Meeting notes | Presentation | Recording 

Meeting #4 - February 16, 2023

Meeting notes | Presentation | Recording

Meeting #5 - July 13, 2023

Meeting notes | Presentation | Recording

Get Involved 


We've held three public workshops to update the public about this project.

Public Meeting #1 - September 8, 2022

Presentation | Recording 

Public Meeting #2 - March 9, 2023 

Presentation | Recording

Public Meeting #3 - August 3, 2023


Need Translations? 

We need your feedback and ideas! If you would like to get involved and need meetings or surveys translated in your native language, please email kviolette@gpcog.org or call 207-774-9891 and leave a message. 

Estamos estudiando cómo un servicio de tránsito rápido y frecuente puede conectar Gorham, Westbrook y Portland, ¡y queremos la opinión de la comunidad sobre cómo funcionaría esto y hacia dónde iría! Si desea participar y necesita acceso en su idioma nativo, comuníquese con kviolette@gpcog.org.

Estamos a estudar como podemos fazer a ligação entre Gorham, Westbrook e Portland com um serviço de trânsito rápido e frequente, e queremos a opinião da comunidade sobre como tal funcionaria e que rumo tomaria! Se quiser participar e precisar de acesso na sua língua materna, é favor contactar kviolette@gpcog.org.

Waxaan baraneynaa sida joogtada ah, adeegga gaadiidka degdega ah uu isugu xiri karo Gorham, Westbrook, iyo Portland, waxaanan rabnaa fikraddaha bulshada oo ku aadan sida kani uu u shaqeyn doono iyo halka uu aadi doono! Haddii aad rabto inaad ka qayb qaadato oo aad u baahan tahay inaad ku hadasho afkaaga hooyo, fadlan la xidhiidh kviolette@gpcog.org.

Nous étudions comment un service de transport en commun fréquent et rapide peut relier Gorham, Westbrook et Portland, et nous voulons que la communauté donne son avis sur le fonctionnement et la destination de ce service ! Si vous voulez vous impliquer et avez besoin d'un accès dans votre langue maternelle, veuillez contacter kviolette@gpcog.org.

نحن ندرس كيف يمكن لخدمة النقل السريع المتكرر أن يربط غورهام ووستبروك وبورتلاند ، ونريد أن نتواصل مع مكونات المجتمع حول كيفية عمل ذلك وكيف ستتطور هذه الخدمة! إذا كنت ترغب في المشاركة وتحتاج إلى من يتواصل معك بلغتك الأم ، فما عليك إلا أن تربط الاتصال بـ kviolette@gpcog.org.

  1. Andrew Clark

    Andrew Clark

    Transit Program Manager