Press Releases

Camden resident wins for his tale of harrowing ride from Blue Hill to Stonington

AUGUSTA, Maine – Gabriel Zacchai, a resident of Camden who wrote about a harrowing trip on Route 15 to from Blue Hill to Stonington this spring, is winner of the Worst Road in Maine Contest. Seven other entries for roads in Rockwood, Sullivan, Oxford, Dover-Foxcroft, Harrison, Madawaska and Unity were awarded runner-up certificates.

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HAMPDEN, Maine – Maine roads, bridges, ports, transit, rail and aviation infrastructure require investment to keep Maine businesses competitive, citizens safe and to help create jobs. “This bond is a fiscally responsible tool with short- and long-term benefits, that will assist with crucial needs and put projects in place to help rebuild Maine's economy,” said Bangor Mayor Cary Weston, a member of the Mayors’ Coalition on Jobs and Economic Development.

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AUGUSTA, ME – Maine transportation leaders reacted today to the release of a new report by The Road Information Program (TRIP), calling for increased investment in the state’s roads and bridges to improve safety, save lives and money and improve the state’s business climate. The report is titled Maine Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility.

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The Maine Better Transportation Association (MBTA) is currently accepting scholarship applications from Maine students pursuing transportation-related fields of study. Scholarships include the Kenneth W. Burrill Scholarship, the Millard W. Pray Scholarship, the Paris W. Snowe Scholarship, the Maine Transportation Trailblazer Scholoarship, as well as awards for students enrolled in transportation- related programs at the University of Maine, Maine Maritime Academy, Washington County Community College, Northern Maine Community College and Southern Maine Community College.

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Worst Road winner proves bad Maine roads can be painful
Carol Kelley of Waldo is the winner of the second annual “Worst Road in Maine” contest, announced Maine Better Transportation Association (MBTA) President Randy Mace.
 
Mace said that Kelley’s entry – Routes 131, 137 and 141 in Waldo County – and the words of her disabled son, Michael, made the judges take note. “Her son, she wrote, has a spinal rod and his shouts of pain when she hits a rough patch are her ‘gauge’ for road conditions,” said Mace, announcing the contest winners and runners up. “The Kelley family’s story is a powerful one and a reminder of just how much bad roads affect the lives of many Mainers.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS ADVISORY
WHAT: High Energy Education: Wind, wood & sustainable energy initiatives

University of Maine Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College, are on the forefront of energy efficiency and sustainability in education. Both schools recently have launched innovative energy initiatives, including educational programs that will prepare students for jobs in new energy fields and investments in sustainable energy facilities.

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AUGUSTA – Changes to the Highway Fund budget by the recently completed session of the Maine Legislature will result in a net decrease of $220 million on capital transportation spending slated for the current 2012-2013 biennium. That is according to an analysis by Maine Better Transportation Association, based on figures from the legislature’s non-partisan Office of Fiscal and Program Review.

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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Maria Fuentes,  207-622-0526
 
REPORT: MAINE LAGS IN ADDRESSING AGING BRIDGES
Transportation leaders say lack of funding threatens safety, connectivity and costs Mainers money in car repairs
Maine has significantly more than the national average of deficient bridges, according to a new report released by Transportation for America. The report shows that more than 15.4 percent of the state’s bridges are deficient and in need of reconstruction or rehabilitation. The national average is 11.5 percent, according to the report.

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MBTA Educational Foundation announces 17 scholarships
 
The MBTA Educational Foundation has announced 17 scholarships to students studying in transportation-related fields. The awards represent $16,500 in scholarship monies, a record amount for the MBTA Educational Foundation that administers the scholarships.

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What Maine’s new governor, legislature should know about transportation
Group releases four-point ‘funding guidebook’ to address transportation shortfalls
 
Maine is in the midst of a transportation crisis - and we need strong leaders at the Blaine House and in the Maine Legislature to help address the state’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure.  The Maine Better Transportation Association (MBTA) has prepared a four-point policy paper with recommendations it hopes will serve as a transportation funding guidebook for incoming elected officials.

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