We Need Your Help to Coordinate Transportation Advocacy in the Greater Portland Region!
We don’t want the change of MAST to a more well-developed statewide organization to leave a vacuum of coordinated transportation advocacy in the Portland region. Greater Portland is rich with individuals and organizations working towards sustainable transportation options. With so much activity, it is crucial we are able to combine our advocacy efforts. The health of our community, economy, and environment depend on our actions. Do we want a transit rider union? How can we get more funding for active transportation and transit? How can we put pressure on local planning agencies and the towns in the Portland area to provide sustainable transportation options? On Tuesday October 25th from 6-8pm, please join us to:
· Hear from the Livable Streets Alliance (Boston area) regarding their regional transportation advocacy work and structure
· Meet representatives from local and state-wide organizations working on transportation issues
· Discuss how to best coordinate transportation advocacy efforts in the Portland region
· Define next steps for our local advocacy work
The venue will be Peloton Labs, at 795 Congress Street Portland Maine.
Please send an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming!
To play, businesses promote the challenge and encourage their employees to try biking, walking, carpooling or taking the bus to work in October. To be able to win, the walkers, bikers and riders then log into GO MAINE and record their participation. In the first week of November we’ll tally the results and name the winning commuters and businesses.
Take the challenge and see how many trips to or from work your employees can take commuting another way (bike, walk, carpool, bus). For more information visit http://gomaine.org/09/the-portland-business-commute-challenge/ or contact Erik West at erik@GOMAINE.org.]]>
Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation states: “Living car-free should not make you a second-class citizen. Accessibility rights would ensure that individuals who cannot or choose not to drive can enjoy equal access to opportunities as auto-mobile individuals. Opportunities include shopping, educational facilities, public amenities, employment, recreational areas, and all other destinations. While this concept of accessibility rights is rooted in existing legislation, there are currently no explicit legal protections or rights for car-free individuals. In most of the United States, car-free individuals experience significant barriers to opportunities, practically necessitating automobile ownership.
It is important to know your rights and protections under federal and Maine state laws. All transportation projects receiving federal funds are required to have a public participation process to ensure that the project is completed to title 6 and the National Environmental Policy Act. Individuals and organizations’ participation in the transportation planning process is critical to making sure we have a sustainable transportation future.
The Maine Alliance for Sustainable Transportation works with decision makers to ensure that Mainers have access to reliable, affordable, and sustainable transportation. MaST strives to defend, expand and improve sustainable transportation options through advocacy, policy initiatives, and public outreach. To learn more, visit http://www.mainesustainabletransport.com/”]]>
If you filled out our form to become an official PGS member, your card is in the mail and you are on your way to getting cool discounts from these local businesses for going green! Just walk, bike, carpool, take the bus or travel green in any way to one of these supportive businesses to cash in on discounts. Haven’t signed up for a membership card yet? Click here to get your very own PGS membership card for free!
Go to the incentive page on the PGS website for full details on the program and the incentives offered by the below businesses. Check regularly as we continue to add local businesses!
#1 Local Sprouts Café
#2 Rosemont Bakery and Market
#3 The Dog Wash Etc.
#4 Maine Audubon
#5 604 Thrift
#6 Green Clean Maine]]>
College Students: From August 29 – September 10, METRO and South Portland Bus Service will offer FREE rides with ID for students attending the following colleges: Husson College, Kaplan University, Maine College of Art (MECA), Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), University of Southern Maine (USM), University of New England (UNE) and Salt Institute of Documentary Studies. For more info, click here: http://www.gpmetrobus.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=147
Student Discounts (K-12): Students attending participating schools show their current photo ID and ride the bus for $1 per ride. Regular fare is $1.50 (exact amount). For more info, click here: http://www.gpmetrobus.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72&Itemid=149]]>
Portland Green Streets is very excited to announce the launching of the new PGS Business Incentives Program, bringing discounts and deals to our members for “going green”! A variety of local businesses in the greater Portland area have teamed-up with PGS and have agreed to offer specific discounts to Green Streeters when you present your very own PGS membership card.
To join the fun, all you have to do is:
We’ll be sure to mail you detailed instructions with your card, so you know exactly how to use it! By signing up to get a membership card, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free Portland Green Streets t-shirt and other great prizes! The drawing will be held on September 1st!]]>
Today 11 employees at Woodard and Curran’s Portland office participated in Green Streets Day! Included in the group were at least two people who rode their bikes to W&C for the first time, and one woman who regularly carpools with people she found through the Go Maine site. Great job W&C, and thank you Erik Osborne for organizing and sharing with us!
Maine’s incredible array of wildlife often faces the challenges posed by our busy roads and highways. When habitats are divided or blocked by roads, animals suffer and over time this can result in decreased populations of those species that require large territories or different kinds of habitats to find food, mates and shelter. Maine Audubon’s Wildlife Road Watch Program employs a web-based, interactive map that allows participants to record their roadside wildlife sightings in order to help biologists and transportation planners better understand how and where wildlife get across Maine’s roads. The information you submit to identify important crossing areas that need to be protected and to reduce mortality at “problem spots”.
That’s where we come in! Maine Audubon would like to invite Green Streeters to join them in making traveling on Maine’s roads and streets safer for wildlife and people by “adopting a road. Please visit www.maineaudubon.org/wildliferoadwatch to learn more. All participants will get a snazzy bumper sticker (to put on your bike or carpool verhicle J).]]>
Without transit riders’ support, it may be tough to encourage productive changes amidst any vocal opposition. If you ever ride the bus along Congress Street – which most of us do – you know well what a delayed stretch that can be. Making this section of Congress Street a Bus Priority Corridor will improve general safety and traffic flow – and reduce congestion and energy costs.
So please take a few minutes to e-mail the City Transportation Committee (City Councilors Donoghue, Marshall, and Suslovic) and Mayor Mavadones by July 18th to lend your support to making Congress Street a Bus Priority Corridor, and/or any thoughts you have about the suggested alternatives (fleshed out in greater detail here, starting on page 9)! On July 19th the City Transportation Committee will be working on the question of whether to move ahead from Feasibility to Design (we say yes!) – and the terms and assumptions under which the City should do so.
The Congress St. Bus Priority Corridor was a recommendation of the recent Portland Peninsula Transit Study – so this current study is working to ascertain the feasibility of a Bus Priority Corridor along a downtown portion of Congress Street, including methods for resolving any associated traffic impacts on adjacent streets.
The Bus Priority Corridor would potentially:
You can read more of an overview of the study on the City’s website and find more details on the findings and suggested alternatives for transit on Congress Street here.
For now, the most important thing is for the City to hear from transit riders as part of the process!]]>