Government, Business, Safety

Maine Sets $1.8 Billion Plan for Infrastructure Upgrades

Maine I-95 bridge This I-95 bridge in Maine was built in 1960 and connects to four interchanges. (Maine Department of Transportation)

Three steel bridges in Maine that cross Interstate 95 and date to the Dwight Eisenhower administration are included in a $1.8 billion plan to overhaul some of the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
February 9, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Maine Voters Approve $100M Transportation Bond

Maine Voters Approve $100M Transportation Bond Trucks and cars traveling the Maine Turnpike. (Maine Turnpike Administration)

Maine voters backed a question Nov. 2 authorizing another $100 million in transportation bonds, the seventh straight year the state has approved such a referendum aimed at addressing funding shortfalls for crucial infrastructure.

Jessica Piper | Bangor Daily News, Maine
November 4, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Maine Turnpike Authority Increases Toll Rates

Maine Turnpike toll Maine Turnpike Administration

In an effort to avert a large shortfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trucks and cars traveling the Maine Turnpike will pay a little bit more in tolls.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 26, 2021
Business, TCA

Maine’s Trucking Industry Turns to TikTok in Appeal to Gen Z

Trucks belonging to Pottle's Transportation sit on a lot in Bangor, Maine Trucks belonging to Pottle's Transportation sit in a lot in Bangor, Maine. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Maine Motor Transport Association is targeting Gen Z and other young workers with a video storytelling campaign aimed at filling shortages of truck drivers and technicians.

Lori Valigra | Bangor (Maine) Daily News
May 14, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Maine Gov. Mills’ Executive Order Aims to Accelerate Vehicle Electrification

electric vehicle charging 3alexd/Getty Images

Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order to accelerate “clean transportation solutions” through measures such as increased charging infrastructure and more electric vehicles.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 5, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Maine Lawmakers Petition FMCSA Regarding Lobster Transport

Sorting through live lobster on boat Lobster represents an important aspect of Maine’s economy. According to the Maine Lobstering Union, harvesters in the state landed 101.7 million pounds in 2019, a haul valued at $485.4 million. (WoodysPhotos/Getty Images)

In an effort to ease the commercial transport of lobster, a group of Maine lawmakers submitted a request to federal government officials asking to clarify the definition of “livestock” in a recently issued interim final rule.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 6, 2021
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