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Updated: November 2, 2020 From the Editor

From the Editor: Transportation helps ‘drive’ Maine’s economy

Sorry for the bad pun, but without the Maine Turnpike and the transportation network — trains, trucks, ships and planes — there’s no trade going in or out.

We saw traffic plummet on the Maine Turnpike and the airports in April and saw the consequences of the disruption in the supply chain (read: lack of toilet paper on supermarket shelves).

The pandemic has had many effects on the economy. In Aroostook County, efforts to build a public transportation network took a hit with COVID. In our cover story, Laurie Schreiber looks at how companies and local agencies in The County have adapted to a shortage of public transit options. Employee are using carpools and occasional taxi rides to get to work. See “Transportation tribulation,” which starts on Page 14.

Like many businesses during the pandemic, the Maine Department of Transportation has had to find new ways to stretch a dollar. See Renee Cordes’ interview with Commissioner Bruce Van Note, “Maine DOT’s ‘MacGyver’ moment,” on Page 18.

South Portland has seen a wave of development, both commercial and residential, but that’s also meant more traffic. Maureen Milliken talks to a city planner there about how the city is tackling the issue. See “Broadway opening” on Page 20.

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