Welcome to PACTS
The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Portland, Maine region. It was established to improve the coordination of transportation planning and investment decisions by state, municipal and public transportation organizations.
The address for PACTS is 970 Baxter Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Portland, ME 04103. The office is located on the Washington Avenue (Bates Street) end of Baxter Boulevard and is easily accessible from Exit 8 of 295 from the south, and Exit 9 of 295 from the north.
PACTS will be holding general public forums in our subregions to seek public input as we begin developing our 2014 regional transportation plan. Click the links below for 8.5x11 posters. Please display them in your city/town halls and forward them to others. Thank you.
Click here to read a 4-page summary of PACTS activities during the fiscal year that ended in June. We thank our excellent staff and our industrious members for all their work, and we welcome your comments and questions. Send them to John Duncan, PACTS Director.
PACTS TIP Applications for 2016 / 2017/ 2018
The PACTS TIP was approved by the PACTS Executive Committee on August 6, 2013. These capital projects and transit operations funds are federally funded projects that PACTS has already selected, plus many MaineDOT-selected bridge, interstate, CMAQ and safety projects. Click here to view the PACTS TIP for 2014-2017.
Every two years, MaineDOT and PACTS submit the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and the PACTS TIP to the Federal Highway and Transit Administrations. The FHWA and FTA may not release the federal funds for any of the projects without this support from PACTS.
Transportation Policy Briefing for Legislators Held at PACTS
Forty-eight (48) people braved the first snow storm of the season to attend our annual legislators transportation policy briefing last December. Click here to watch the one-hour video. MaineDOT’s Commissioner Bernhardt spoke about the Department’s successful Municipal Partnership Initiative, the importance of performance measures for transportation planning and projects, MaineDOT’s Strategic Plan and the MaineDOT’s new approach to streamlining the reporting of their project construction calendars. The audience asked about bonding and many other topics.
PACTS has become a Transportation Management Area (TMA)
In March of 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau notified PACTS that the population of the Portland Urbanized Area had exceeded 200,000 people as of the 2010 census. This makes PACTS a “Transportation Management Area”, or TMA. Click here to view a May 17, 2012 introductory PowerPoint presentation about the PACTS programming process and the TMA basics for PACTS. For even more information about the PACTS TMA transition click here.
Check out the 2011 PACTS video on our long-range regional transportation plan, Destination Tomorrow 2010-2035, highlighting maintaining and transforming transportation in our Greater Portland region (Freeport to Biddeford, Portland to Gorham/Windham).
PACTS is already working to improve our roads for all modes, expanding rail for passengers and freight, and innovating on the ongoing changing needs related to energy costs, health, and of the young and not so young. And of course the challenge of us all paying for it. One thing for sure is that the future will be different from today and the past.
We published our 2012-2013 Annual Report in June 2013. Click here to read about many recent and upcoming activities at PACTS, GPCOG and MaineDOT, and for a list of our current Committee members.
Read the PACTS blog for information on what PACTS is working on.
Click here to see PACTS 2010 video, Greater Portland’s Transportation System: A Vital Resource Needs Our Help
For too long, we’ve taken our transportation system for granted. In 2006, PACTS determined that Greater Portland - covering an area from Biddeford to Gorham to Freeport - would need more than $500 million over the next decade just to maintain the existing system. Under the current funding structure, which primarily comes from state and federal gas taxes, we have a $250 million shortfall. Current trends indicate that vehicles will become more fuel efficient and people will drive fewer miles in the years ahead, and as these changes take place, the $250 million funding gap will grow. This problem makes it not only difficult to maintain what we have, but also to expand and transition to more sustainable transportation modes.
PACTS developed the video above to illustrate the funding problem and to encourage residents and leaders to find solutions. Please see our resources page, where there are supplemental links provided to educate you and others who make a difference.
PACTS Obligations During Federal Fiscal Year 2012 Click here to view the obligations for federally-funded transportation capital projects in Federal Fiscal Year 2012 in the PACTS Region.
Unified Planning Work Program - 2012-2013
The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) shares the responsibility with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) for the programming of all projects funded with Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administration (FHWA and FTA) funds in the PACTS Funding Area. The primary purpose of this document is to describe the development and administration of PACTS "MPO Allocation" projects.
The principle of environmental justice in transportation planning ensures that transportation projects do not have a disproportionately negative impact on minority and low-income populations. The goal is to achieve environmental justice protection for all communities. As a Metropolitan Planning Organization, PACTS examines how future transportation plans and investments address Title VI issues and attain equitable distribution of services, facilities and resources within the PACTS Planning area.
PACTS is staffed by:
Director, John Duncan
Senior Transportation Planner, Paul Niehoff
Transportation Planner, Carl Eppich
PACTS is also assisted by and shares office space with the Greater Portland Council of Governments.