Draft Funding Framework
The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) shares responsibility with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) for programming projects and investments funded with Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administration (FHWA and FTA) funds in the PACTS Funding Area. As required by 23 U.S.C. 134, PACTS develops a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for all transportation modes for review and approval by the FHWA and FTA. The TIP must be prioritized and consistent with the metropolitan transportation plan (the long-range transportation plan) and must include all investments in the metropolitan area that are proposed for funding with either Title 23 or Federal Transit Act (Title 49, U.S.C., Chapter 53) money.
The goal of this draft funding framework is to develop a comprehensive, consistent, multimodal framework that can be used to select projects for funding, expanding the scoring system to cover projects in all modes and ensuring PACTS is making the best use of its investments in support of PACTS’ regional goals. The multidisciplinary ad-hoc TIP Committee, created by the PACTS Executive Committee in October 2019 and comprised of municipal staff and representatives from all seven (7) transit agencies, was instrumental in guiding and developing this framework.
The proposed framework addresses the following challenges and opportunities:
- Increasingly complex, multimodal projects;
- Changing regional priorities, including, but not limited to, preparing for and mitigating climate change, and social equity;
- A new vision for public transportation based on Transit Tomorrow, the long-range public transportation plan for Southern Maine, and the upcoming Metropolitan Transportation Plan to be completed in 2021.
This draft funding framework is still being evaluated by GPCOG staff and PACTS committees.
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