News Release for May 7, 2012

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Acadia Gateway Administrative and Maintenance Facility Ribbon Cutting

Trenton – Friday, May 4th marked the grand opening of the Acadia Gateway Center administrative and maintenance facility in Trenton. This transit facility will ease congestion and improve transportation at Acadia National Park, as well as Mount Desert Island, by housing and maintaining the Island Explorer buses. More than thirty of these buses are propane powered, allowing residents and tourists to park their personal vehicles and enjoy the free shuttle service in an environmentally friendly way.

Remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony were delivered by US Congressman Mike Michaud, Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan, MaineDOT Chief Engineer Kenneth Sweeney, Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele, Acadia National Park Conservation Director Stephanie Clement, LL Bean Manager Peter Christopher and the town of Trenton Council Chairman Frederick Ehrlenbach. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Downeast Transportation, Inc. General Manager Paul Murphy.

U.S. Congressman Mike Michaud said, “This project is an exciting step toward making the Acadia Welcome Center a reality. Tourism is vital to our economy in Maine, and today’s progress means that we are on our way to making the Acadia National Park experience better than ever.”

This $14.7 million facility was funded through a combination of federal and state sources, including $11.6 million from the Federal Transit Administration.

MaineDOT Chief Engineer Kenneth Sweeney added, “From the initial design phase, to the contractor’s efforts in building this state of the art facility, to the people who will enjoy what this opportunity has to offer, I am excited to help ease the area’s traffic congestion and make this experience more environmentally friendly for generations to come.”