Transforming Forest Avenue - Public Meeting Tomorrow

Transforming Forest Avenue

Public invited to help the city improve busy section of a major arterial

What:   Tomorrow, the City of Portland and members of the Transforming Forest Avenue Public Advisory Committee will host a walk of Forest Avenue between Park Avenue and Woodford’s Corner followed by a public meeting to discuss issues and challenges faced by local businesses, residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along this busy roadway. Forest Avenue is a critical transportation and development corridor linking the peninsula with I-295 and the city’s downtown with off-peninsula neighborhood centers with the section between Park Avenue and Woodford’s Corner home to a wide variety of uses including the University of Southern Maine, Oakhurst Dairy, the city’s largest grocery story and attractive residential neighborhoods. Over time, auto-oriented land uses have begun to impact and change the character of the area.

Traffic Advisory- Walton Street

PORTLAND, Maine – Tomorrow and Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Walton Street from Forest Avenue to Canco Road will be closed to all traffic to allow for the excavation of the street below the existing railroad crossing. Traffic will be detoured to Read Street. Commuters may want to seek an alternate route to avoid traffic and delays. Remember to share the road with bicyclists.

Spring 2011 Walk & Bike to School Events in Your Neighborhood

• Auburn, The Walton School, Walk to School Day, May 5
• Biddeford, Community Bicycle Center, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Wednesdays, starting April 6
• Bridgton, Stevens Brook Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 17
• Brunswick, Jordan Acres Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Thursdays, starting May 5
• Brunswick, Longfellow Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days, all year
• Bucksport, Miles Lane School, Walk to School Day, May 13
• Calais Elementary School, Walking School Bus, Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 26
• Camden, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 18
• Cutler, Bay Ridge Elementary School, Daily Walk & Ride to School Days, June 13 – 17
• Dresden Elementary School, Grades 3 -5 School Bike Trek, May 25
• Eagle Lake Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 25
• Falmouth,

Alpha One-Adaptive Driving Education Fundraiser

Alpha One-Adaptive Driving Education Fundraiser

Alpha One is launching our first fundraising initiative to enhance our Adaptive Driving Education program and we are looking for your help.

This program is one of our oldest, and has been offering driver evaluation, assistive driving technology consultation and driver education and training since the early ‘80s. The ADE Program has helped hundreds of Maine consumers to become licensed drivers and enjoy the freedom of mobility

Our goal is to lower the overall cost of delivering this valuable service to Maine people who want to get back on the road again, by soliciting support from individuals and businesses who share our desire to help others remain independent.

Donations from foundations and individuals will provide for the purchase and adaptation of a new van and the operation of the program over the next five years.

Commute Another Way Week set for May 16-20

Commute Another Way Week set for May 16-20


Commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk or telecommute May 16 through 20 can double their miles per gallon – or better. With high gas prices hitting commuters hard in the pocketbook this spring, Commute Another Way Week is urging employers and commuters to work together to raise their MPG – and save a bundle on their daily commute.

“This is the 17th year we’ve held this event, and one thing that never stops drawing people in is the message about how much you can save when you drive alone to work less frequently,” says event organizer Carey Kish of the GO MAINE program.

The purpose of Commute Another Way Week is to let help Maine commuters learn more about carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking or riding transit, teleworking and other low-cost alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle.

METRO and South Portland Bus Service Introduce Regional Pass

Beginning in May, Greater Portland Transit District (METRO) and the South Portland Bus Service will offer a Regional Monthly Bus Pass, allowing seamless and affordable travel on both bus systems. The new pass will be sold for $45 per month for travel throughout Portland, South Portland, Westbrook and Falmouth.

Creating a regional pass was a priority recommendation of a Regional Coordination Study developed by the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) in 2007 as part of an effort “to identify opportunities to increase efficiencies of transit operations within Greater Portland and to work toward the development of one regional transportation system.”

South Portland resident Melanie Bruce said the Regional Pass is an excellent idea.

Lane and ramp closures will begin Sunday, April 10, on I-295 in the Portland area

Preparation for this summer’s construction on I-295 in the Portland area has begun, and motorists who travel I-295 should be aware of lane shifts and closures that could cause possible delays. The construction projects mark the continuation of a series of improvement projects on I-295 that are designed to make the highway safer, preserve existing infrastructure, and improve traffic mobility.
Starting at 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 10, crews must close the Exit 5B off-ramp on I-295 southbound. This ramp will remain closed while work is completed on three nearby bridges. Motorists who use Exit 5B on I-295 southbound should continue on I-295, take Exit 5A and follow the marked detour. The I-295 southbound on-ramp from Park Avenue will remain open until mid-May.
Crews will also establish a long-term lane closure on the St. John Street Bridge and St. James Street Bridge on I-295 southbound and begin repairs.