Destination Tomorrow - the PACTS Regional Transportation Plan - is the most important regional transportation plan for the Greater Portland region since the 1960s. The Plan provides a vision for the transportation system through 2030, and calls for a new level of coordination between our transportation planning and funding partners.
The Plan addresses current problems of congestion, accessibility and mobility while laying the framework for the transportation system of tomorrow. The Plan acknowledges today's fiscal, political and social realities, while incrementally extending beyond the status quo to better integrate the disciplines of transportation and land use planning through regional collaboration.
Award Winning Plan
- Destination Tomorrow was voted as the best plan prepared in 2003 in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine by the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association.
- The Maine Association of Planners voted Destination Tomorrow as the best plan in Maine in 2003.
The PACTS Planning Committee - the Plan's steering committee - adopted the following Goal Statement that set the tone and expectations of Destination Tomorrow . It states:
"The Regional Transportation Plan will provide the blueprint to develop and maintain an integrated multi-modal transportation system that provides access to the entire PACTS region. It will promote efficient public spending, protection of public safety and environmental quality, and transportation investments that complement land use decisions that promote compact development, preserve community character and retain open space. The Plan will reflect the policies and values of the PACTS communities and establish goals to guide future regional transportation investment."
Updates and Expansion of Destination Tomorrow.
During the development of Destination Tomorrow 2003, the PACTS region expanded to fifteen communities and seven public transit providers as a result of federal requirements. This requirement was late enough in the development process (late 2002) that a decision was made to complete Destination Tomorrow 2003 based on the original delineation of the PACTS region (seven communities and four transit providers) and to subsequently update the plan to reflect the expansion.
The Destination Tomorrow Expansion Committee was formed to oversee this process and the expanded plan was available in 2006. The expanded plan (Destination Tomorrow 2006) includes the transportation-related needs and issues of PACTS' newest members within the framework and intent of the first plan. This 2006 Plan replaces the 2003 Plan and has become the PACTS long-range regional transportation plan. Currently both plans are available on the Document Download page on this site.