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Project Information

This is a picture of a railroad crossingThe purpose of the Portland North project is to study potential transit improvements—in the form of either rail service or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)—between Portland and Brunswick and/or Auburn

History of the Project

The Portland North Project follows on work completed in previous studies:

  • I-295 Corridor Transportation Study
  • Portland North Alternatives Review
  • Draft Environmental Assessment for the Portland North Passenger Rail Service Extension Project
  • Potential extensions of the Amtrak Downeaster service
  • Other previous bus and rail studies.

Portland North Project Schedule

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Project Schedule Timeline

  • March 2008
    • Web site
  • April 2008
    • FTA Initiation Package
    • Purpose and Need
    • Fatal Flaw Evaluation Criteria
  • September 2008
    • Alternatives Carried Forward
  • October 2008 through May 2009 Small Starts Evaluation Criteria
    • Service Packages
    • Cost Effectiveness
    • Travel Forecasting & Benefits
    • Development of Alternatives
    • Local Financial Commitment
    • Baseline TSM Alternatives
    • Land Use
    • Other Factors
  • June 2009
    • Locally Preferred Alternative
  • September 2009
    • Small Starts Package Submitted

Project Team

  • Maine Department of Transportation (Web site)
  • Federal Transit Administration (Web site)
  • Greater Portland Council of Governments (Web site)
  • Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (Web site)
  • AECOM Transportation (Web site)


This page last updated on 12/22/09