Editorial: Even with this $100 million and an $1.3 Billion in Federal money over five years will still not be enough to address the state's large road maintenance backlog. We have massively overspent on car infrastructure and the ongoing maintenance of our current infrastructure is unsustainable both financially and environmentally. To put the problem into perspective, $1.3 Billion could fund the GP Metro bus system at the 2020 budget level without fares for 106 years. Despite a maintenance backlog with no solution in sight Maine DOT continues to build new roads. We should be having tough, but necessary, conversations about what pieces of car infrastructure we should cut back on to reduce ongoing maintenance costs instead of pushing the issue down the road.
A grant-funded transit leadership training program is providing education about transit to traditionally underrepresented groups that rely on transit to empower them to provide meaningful feedback and ideas.
Another busy week for livable portland.