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The Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation unveiled Wednesday an initiative to revitalize the heavily trafficked Interstate 95 “gateway” to Maine between Kittery and York.
The port of Bar Harbor expects 177 ships carrying 275,198 passengers this season. The ship number is down from 180 scheduled visits last year, but the passenger count is up from 230,000. The town’s capacity to accommodate increased numbers of
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $13.8 million to airports in Biddeford, Eastport and Jackman in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.
The Maine Department of Transportation announced Thursday it will not schedule 11 projects scheduled to go to bid this year, due to surging construction costs that exceed the available funding.
A daily bus route between Lewiston-Auburn and Farmington, cited as a top priority in a 2017 transportation plan for the area and expected to ease workforce issues, is up and running.
Maine’s 2019 cruise season looks to surpass last year in terms of scheduled port calls and passenger numbers, with at least 10 vessels making maiden voyages here.
The Federal Highway Administration has designated eight major road corridors in Maine for alternative fuel vehicles as part of an effort to build out a statewide network of fast chargers. Using Maine’s settlement funds, Efficiency Maine, the quasi-
Maine gets high marks for its work on the environment, safety and forest growth, but is struggling in workforce, education, transportation infrastructure and health care, according to the
Residents of Town Hill are asking the Bar Harbor Town Council to install a crosswalk and pedestrian signal that would allow users on the public-space side of busy Route 102 to safely get to markets and eateries on the other side.
On a par with this week's hoopla over Virginia winning the NCAA men's college basketball title, Maine crowned its own favorite in its first-ever 'Bridge Bracket' online contest: the Cpl. Eugene Cole Memorial Bridge in Norridgewock.
Cianbro announced today its acquisition of A/Z Corp., a Connecticut-based engineering-construction firm providing diverse industry services including design, construction, maintenance, and energy management, with a focus on technology-oriented
Maine Seacoast Mission in Bar Harbor is reviewing bids this week for the refit of its ship Sunbeam V.
Greater Portland Council of Government has received $70,000 in federal funding for a pilot program to increase access to transportation for vulnerable populations in the Portland area.
An engineering consultant evaluating the proposed extension of passenger rail service from Portland to Lewiston-Auburn reported this week that the cost of doing so would be between $200 million and $300 million.
Jon Nass, CEO of the Maine Port Authority, has been elected to the board of directors of the International Association of Maritime and Port Professionals.
The initiatives, which include financial incentives to buy electric vehicles, are in part the result of a $5.1 million settle with Volkswagen won last year by Mills when she was attorney general.
Sen. Nathan Libby, D-Lewiston, is sponsoring a bill, LD 149, that would ask voters to approve a $250 million bond issue to ease student debt. Under Libby’s proposal, if voters approved, the $250 million bond would fund a program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to help pay off student loan debt for individuals who agree to live and work in Maine for five years. It also would reimburse employers that make student loan debt payments on behalf of their employees who agree to live and work in Maine for five years.
Andrea Cianchette Maker, a partner at Pierce Atwood, testified in support of the bill on behalf of Acadia Insurance and IDEXX Laboratories. Citing figures from the Project on Student Debt, Maker noted the average student loan indebtedness for Mainers is $31,364, which is 10th highest in the nation. In total, she said, Mainers owe more than $6 billion in student debt.
“If enacted, LD 149 could be a game-changer for our state,” Maker wrote. “It will significantly help Maine attract and retain a desperately needed future workforce by helping our workers get out from under college debt in an expedited manner. After that debt is paid, they will be fully engaged in Maine's economy and in a much better position to invest in their futures here in Maine, from buying a first home to raising a family.”
At its May 9 public hearing, the bill received support from Behavioral Health Community Collaborative, Maine Association of Realtors, Maine State Employees Association, AARP Maine, Finance Authority of Maine, Maine Tourism Association, Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a number of individuals who shared personal stories about how their student debt adversely affects their lives.
Of the 27 people testifying at the hearing, only a few opposed Libby’s bill outright — essentially saying the state’s resources are not unlimited and the bond would divert funding from other essential needs.
The fiscal statement attached to the bill indicates a 10-year $250 million bond would require another $65.3 million to pay off at a 4.75% interest rate, for a total cost of $315.3 million.