Gorham-Westbrook-Portland Rapid Transit Public Meeting Scheduled

Regional planners will hold a public meeting on September 22 to hear from community members on how best to provide rapid public transit service between Portland, Westbrook and Gorham.

The purpose, needs, objectives, study area, and results of the project so far will be discussed at the open house-style meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Wishcamper Center at Southern University from Maine to Portland, according to the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

A virtual public meeting will take place the following week on September 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register on the project website, RapidTransitForME.org.

Planners from the Greater Portland Council of Governments are also asking the public to complete an online survey, available in six languages, also available on the project’s website. Additionally, the regional planning agency will host several in-person contextual events in Gorham, Westbrook and Portland the week of September 19.

“We want to know how a rapid transit line could benefit them, where they would like it to go, and what their hopes and concerns are for such a project,” said Ericka Amador, regional transportation planner at GPCOG. in a press release. .

Planners are considering the benefits and expected impacts of different rapid transit options as well as current bus service.

There is currently no funding to establish rapid transit service, but the study will allow transit agencies to apply for federal funding. Planners will complete the study next year, according to the GPCOG.

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