Improving Transportation in Maine

Good transportation is essential to the health of Maine’s communities and its economy. The Maine Better Transportation Association has been advocating for investment in a safe, efficient transportation network since its founding in 1939.

Originally known as the Maine Good Roads Association, the group was founded to make sure that public money dedicated to highway and bridge improvements was not diverted for other purposes. Over the years, we have broadened our mission to advocate for Maine’s multimodal system, and officially changed the name to Maine Better Transportation Association in 1983 to reflect our concern for a robust network of roads, bridges, airports, ports, rail, transit and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. 
What We Do
The MBTA is very active in the legislative process, advocating for funding for roads and bridges, ports and rail facilities, airports and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. In addition to Executive Director Maria Fuentes, the MBTA employs a contract lobbyist to promote the association’s legislative agenda with the Maine Legislature.
Accomplishments

• Supported Governor’s bridge funding initiative, LD 2313: “An Act to Keep Our Bridges Safe.” The bill, which passed in 2008, provides $160 million over four years for bridge reconstruction and repair.

• Successfully advocated two other major transportation funding bills in the 2008 legislative session: LD 2324: “An Act to Expedite the Maintenance and Repair of Maine’s Transportation Network” that provides $50 million for highway reconstruction and $14 million for paving; and LD 2019, a rail funding initiative that provides $3.05 million annually for passenger and freight rail improvements.


MBTA 2011-2012 President Randy Mace with UMaine President Dr. Paul Ferguson, State Representative Andre Cushing III and Carol Woodcock from U.S. Senator Susan Collins' staff.

• Led efforts to draft and pass LD 1790: “An Act to Secure Maine’s Transportation Future” in the Maine Legislature in 2007. The landmark bill provides the framework for major changes in how Maine finances its transportation infrastructure.

• Spearheaded campaign for passage of transportation bond referendum issues in 2007 and 2008 resulting in more than $500 million in investments for roads and bridges, port and rail and marine infrastructure projects.

 • Initiated and led 1997 referendum campaign to widen Maine Turnpike and pass transportation bond issue resulting in $350 million for statewide transportation improvements.


Mission
To improve the quality of life for Maine citizens by advocating for funding of a safe, efficient transportation infrastructure network.
Contact Us

Maine Better Transportation Association
146 State Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
Tel: (207) 622-0526
Fax: (207) 623-2928

Maria Fuentes
Executive Director
Maria@mbtaonline.org

Deanna Perrow
Administrative Assistant
Deanna@mbtaonline.org

Joyce Newman
Membership Coordinator
Joyce@mbtaonline.org

Kathryn Buxton
Communications
Kathryn@mbtaonline.org