The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) is a federal metropolitan planning organization and coordinates many transportation planning and investment decisions with the state, municipalities and public transportation partners.
The PACTS Area includes portions or all of 18 communities: Arundel, Biddeford, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, North Yarmouth, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Raymond, Saco, Scarborough, South Portland, Standish, Westbrook, Windham and Yarmouth.
In early 2018, GPCOG and PACTS voted to combine their staffs into a single team to better serve their region. Working together, the agencies will deeply integrate core GPCOG missions such as public health, energy and economic development with the Greater Portland region’s transportation funding decisions. The new agreement, approved by the governing boards of both organizations, sets up a process for a complete merger of GPCOG and PACTS over the next three years. PACTS will continue to administer federal highway and transit funds as the region’s federal transportation planning agency. Merger discussions are expected to begin in 2019.