Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Maine

Maine DOT Bullies Local Planners Into Voting for Highway Expansion

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Here’s a story about how DOTs can ram through road projects that locals don’t even want. Regional planners in Bangor, Maine, say they were forced to approve a highway expansion project because the state DOT threatened to pull all of the region’s transportation funding. The 395-Route 9 Connector is a $61 million project that will link two other highways and speed freight […]

UPDATED: Last Night’s Quiet Transit Victories

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Yesterday was a relatively quiet election day for transportation-related ballot measures, but of the six transit initiatives that came before voters yesterday, five six passed, with a sixth seventh too close to call. That’s in line with last year’s 79 percent success rate — 71 percent since 2000. When asked, voters overwhelmingly choose to raise […]

EPA Recognizes Small Towns and Big Cities For Smart Growth Efforts

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When Don White was young, his dad would drive him from the Boston area to Blue Hill, Maine up coastal Route 1. “In those days,” he reminisces, “the road wound through little, small towns. And some of that has been bypassed.” The bypasses have been “hugely controversial, hugely disruptive, hugely expensive,” according to Kate Beaudoin, […]