Regional leaders launch Transit Tomorrow planning process

Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note and leaders of the region’s seven transit agencies on March 7 launched Transit Tomorrow, a regional planning initiative that will guide investments in public transportation for the next 30 years.

Transit Tomorrow will build a shared vision for the region’s public transportation network of buses, trains and ferries and lay out an investment plan for how to improve and expand our network over the next 30 years.

The ability of the transit agencies to work together on a plan will make it easier to access federal and state dollars to improve and expand transit in the region, Van Note said.

To make transit work economically, the planning effort will focus on building better connections between our job and housing hubs. Better connections will encourage more growth in those areas.

“Everyone is invited to help build a shared vision and plan for public transportation,” said a“Kristina Egan, executive director of the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

The process will be guided and championed by an advisory committee, composed of the leaders of transit agencies, municipalities and stakeholders, including social services, housing agencies, transit riders, and the development community. The voices, hopes, and ideas of the region’s residents will shape the plan over this 18-month initiative.

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