Government, Business, Safety

Maine Earns C-, West Virginia Gets D on ASCE Infrastructure Report Cards

Maine and West Virginia images by Getty Images Left: An SUV on Cadillac Mountain Drive in Acadia National Park in Maine. (Tashka/Getty Images); Right: Sunset at the New River Bridge Gorge in West Virginia. (BackyardProduction/Getty Images)

The American Society of Civil Engineers on Dec. 2 released infrastructure report cards for Maine and West Virginia, both of which reflect challenges associated with aging infrastructure and financial needs.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 2, 2020
Government, Business

Trucking Industry Touts Susan Collins’ Record in US Senate

Susan Collins Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is being challenged by Democrat Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. Collins has advocates in the trucking industry. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

Freight industry stakeholders in Maine and around the country are emphasizing Sen. Susan Collins’ contributions to the transportation community.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
October 19, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Developers Revive Cold-Storage Facility Plans in Maine

Containership at port in Portland, Maine A containership at the port in Portland, Maine. (Getty Images)

A hotly anticipated plan for a waterfront cold-storage warehouse is back on the table in Portland, Maine.

Peter McGuire | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
March 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

Maine Panel Recommends Hiking Road Funding

Maine Trucks travel on the Maine Turnpike. (Maine Turnpike Administration)

AUGUSTA, Maine — A commission tasked with solving Maine’s transportation funding shortfall will recommend an immediate infusion of between $20 million and $60 million while punting a range of possible solutions to the next Legislature.

Caitlin Andrews | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
March 4, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

Gridlocked Maine Panel Could Punt Transportation Funding Fix

The Maine State House in Augusta. The Maine State House in Augusta. (Chee-Onn Leong/Getty Images)

A commission looking to solve Maine’s persistent transportation funding shortfall broke down in a Feb. 11 hearing, with frustrated members saying it should punt its work to 2021 — or to voters — amid differences over budget transfers and the gas tax.

Caitlin Andrews | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
February 12, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

Maine Republicans Target Vehicle Sales Tax to Fund Transportation

Traffic on roads in Portland, Maine. Traffic on roads in Portland, Maine. (Getty Images)

Republicans in the Maine Legislature on Feb. 6 revived the idea of diverting a large portion of vehicle sales tax revenue to roads and bridges in a move that could further complicate negotiations centering on solving a similarly sized transportation shortfall.

Caitlin Andrews | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
February 7, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Maine Highway Agencies Aim to Ease Traffic Woes During I-95 Construction

I-95 portion of Maine Turnpike Maine Turnpike Authority

Maine’s two highway agencies launched a rare coordinated public information campaign May 15 in an effort to ease the impact that two construction projects less than 9 miles apart on a busy stretch of Interstate 95 will have on traffic.

Peter McGuire | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
May 16, 2019
Government, Technology, TCA

Maine to Give $5.1 Million in Subsidies for EV Purchases

Electric Vehicle Chevy Bolt (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Maine will provide a $5.1 million subsidy and add at least 50 public vehicle charging stations to encourage residents and companies to buy all-electric vehicles.

Peter McGuire | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
March 21, 2019
Government, Business

Officials Approve Plan to Widen Maine Turnpike Outside Portland

Toll booth along the Maine Turnpike A toll booth along the Maine Turnpike. (Maine Turnpike Administration)

The Maine Turnpike Authority has approved a multimillion-dollar plan to increase capacity and replace three bridges along a portion of the turnpike outside Portland.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 11, 2018
Government, Business

Federal Research Program Gives States Room to Repair Highways, Test Technology

A tanker truck travels near Yarmouth, Maine A tanker truck travels on Route 1 near Yarmouth, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Maine Department of Transportation is in the process of repaving major routes with better-quality pavement with help from a federal research partnership.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2018