What is Transit Tomorrow?
Transit Tomorrow is an ambitious 30-year strategic plan for enhancing public transportation in the Greater Portland region. The plan proposes a four-part strategy that includes the goals of making transit easier, creating more frequent connections throughout the region, improving rapid transit opportunities, and implementing transit-friendly land use policies that support more development in our villages and downtowns already served by transit.
Read the Final Plan
Or listen to a short (15 min.) summary of the plan’s vision and recommendations here
* Adopted by the PACTS Policy Committee on March 2, 2021
- Vision and Goals Memo: This memo to the project advisory committee outlines the process for developing the plan’s vision statement and goals.
- Recent Plans and Studies: A full review of all relevant recent plans and studies as well as a peer region analysis conducted by AECOM.
- “What is Scenario Planning?” Factsheet: A one-page factsheet explaining the scenario planning process.
- Scenario Planning Results: A full summary of AECOM’s scenario planning exercise.
- Upcoming Transit Projects: A list of all projects either ongoing or upcoming for each transit agency.
- Imagining Transit Tomorrow: A report evaluating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Southern Maine’s transit future.
- FTA FAST Act Funding Opportunities: A table identifying FTA FAST Act funding opportunities relevant to the recommendations and action steps outlined in Transit Tomorrow.
- Public Comments: This table documents the public comments received in response to the draft plan as well as responses from the project team.
Project Advisory Committee
The project advisory committee consisted of representatives from municipalities, transit agencies, community-based organizations, developers, and businesses. The project team held regular meetings with the committee, asked for feedback at key decision points, and collaborated with committee members along the way to develop the plan’s vision and recommendations. Visit the Project Advisory Committee page to learn more about the committee’s involvement in shaping the plan.
In the News
- March 2021 Portland Press Herald editorial endorsing the plan’s optimistic vision for the future: Our View: Transit plan lays out route for Maine’s future
- March 2021 Portland Press Herald article about the adoption of the plan: Strategic plan aims to expand public transportation in Portland region
March 2021 MaineBIZ article about the adoption of the plan: Transportation officials release 30-year transit plan for Portland region
July 2019 Portland Press Herald editorial addressing the link between housing and transportation: The View From Here: Housing is a transportation issue (and vice versa)
March 2019 articles about the launch of the plan:
Maine Public Radio: 'Transit Tomorrow' Could Improve Public Transportation In Southern Maine
Portland Press Herald: Coalition to study Greater Portland transit, with eye to the future
Learn More About Transit Trends
The following videos were prepared by AECOM to highlight key trends impacting transportation in the Greater Portland region.