Transportation

Portland Public Schools Acquires 10th Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus

Portland Public Schools Acquires 10th Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus

CNG buses now make up more than 40 percent of the Portland district’s fleet. All of the vehicles have been funded fully or in part by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection through grants from the Federal Clean School Bus Program.

The CNG buses create less pollution and they save the district money on fuel. Prices for CNG hovered around $1.21 per equivalent diesel gallon last winter after federal fuel grants were suspended. That’s a savings of about $2 per gallon.

In 2002, the Portland Public Schools responded to several scientific studies showing that emissions from diesel school buses were possibly causing harm to children riding them. First among these concerns was the effect on students with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Railroad project from Portland to Auburn moves forward

The Maine Commercial Association of REALTORS® (MCAR) today announced it got a $15,000 dollar grant to explore the 29-mile public transit line between Portland and Auburn.

In collaboration with the Maine Rail Transit Coalition, regional town officials and MCAR will use the money to study how to improve housing and business development, create jobs and lessen the impacts on the environment related to the passenger rail project.
 
In conjunction with this research, Maine is eligible for a transit infrastructure grant of up to $75,000,000 dollars. MCAR wants to ensure the rail transportation proposal will reduce  public transportation costs and support sustainable growth  and protect the environment.
 
This grant will allow MCAR to explore land-use along the state-owned St.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine launches "BikeMaine," a major new ride

Bicycle Coalition of Maine launches "BikeMaine," a major new ride

On its twentieth anniversary, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) is launching a major new 7-day bicycle event that will showcase Maine as a premier cycling destination on the East Coast. BCM is Maine’s leading voice for bicyclists with programs on safety, improved infrastructure and advocacy both in Augusta and Washington. As a result of BCM’s efforts, Maine has consistently ranked in the top ten bicycle-friendly states and as high as number two last year.

The new ride, called "BikeMaine," will be a weeklong rolling exploration of Maine with each year’s route taking place in a different part of the state. Bicyclists will camp in designated host communities each evening and eat community-prepared meals using Maine ingredients.

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

The Best of Maine at the 10th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show August 10-12, 2012

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ROCKLAND, Maine—Passion of place is what the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show is all about. The best of Maine from across the creative spectrum will be gathered together at the 10th annual show on the Rockland waterfront, August 10-12, 2012. Beautiful boats, unique handcrafted products, and an eclectic mix of high-quality goods for life on the water and the shore will again be on display at Maine’s only in-the-water boat show and coastal lifestyle event.

 “I’ve always thought of the show as a tremendous party where the most creative folks on the coast share what they do with customers and other exhibitors.

AIGA Maine presents The Business of Design

AIGA Maine presents The Business of Design

An afternoon for creative professionals and their businesses.

AIGA Maine presents an in-depth afternoon designed to help creative businesses of all sizes run more smoothly, efficiently, and profitably.   The Business of Design brings together four experts who will help you better structure your business, position yourself to create (and sell) your best work, pro