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Maine Department of Transportation Office of Freight Transportation. 16 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333 (207) 287-2841. Maine’s Freight Transportation System. 87% of all tonnage is moved by truck Economy is resource-based, but is moving towards a service sector economy

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maine department of transportation office of freight transportation

Maine Department of TransportationOffice of Freight Transportation

16 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

(207) 287-2841

maine s freight transportation system
Maine’s Freight Transportation System
  • 87% of all tonnage is moved by truck
  • Economy is resource-based, but is moving towards a service sector economy
  • Maine ships out far more product than it consumes. Therefore, there is a serious backhaul problem for Maine shippers
  • Perceived “at the end of the line” but is really “in the center of the global economy”
maine s freight experience
Maine’s Freight Experience
  • Real Task – Change culture internally & externally as it relates to alternative modes
  • 1996
    • Reorganized modal offices into OPT & OFT
    • Created system to provide increased choices to shippers
  • Key goals
    • Increase Productivity
    • Increase Modal Choice
    • Environmental Benefit
    • Reduce Shipping Costs for Maine Businesses
  • 1997 –
    • Freight Transportation Advisory Committee
    • Integrated Freight Plan
maine integrated freight plan
Maine Integrated Freight Plan
  • Completed in 1998 and currently being updated
  • Included 100 personal interviews of transportation managers by MDOT staff
  • Included over 140 returned mail survey from smaller business
  • Made policy and project recommendations
  • Solid contacts made with Maine shippers
examples of freight planning
Examples of Freight Planning
  • ONEDOT effort in Port of Portland
    • Cooperative effort between OFT and FHWA
  • Borders & Corridors Program
    • Multi -state and –provincial cooperation
    • Two successful grant applications to FHWA
  • Eastern Border Transportation Coalition
    • OFT is the American co-chair of this organization
  • State of Maine ITS-CVO Working Group
  • Statewide Dredging Management Action Plan
highway freight projects
Highway Freight Projects
  • Developed Unified Motor Carrier Account Management System (UMCAMS)
  • Heavy Haul Truck Network (HHTN) Study
  • WIM Station System Deployment Around Maine
  • Truck Service Area Plan
    • Public - Private Partnerships
  • Automated Weigh Stations
  • Tri-state Traveler Initiative (ME, NH, VT)
  • Landside access to ports
    • State Highway Funds to connect pier with industrial park at Port of Eastport
    • Intermodal connector from I-295 to Port of Portland
mdot freight rail projects
MDOT Freight Rail Projects
  • Three new Intermodal Truck to Rail Facilities
  • St. Lawrence & Atlantic in Auburn
    • $2.8 million initial investments
    • Phase II expansion underway
  • Guilford Rail in Waterville
    • $750,000 equipment lease and land improvements
  • Bangor & Aroostook in Presque Isle
    • $1.0 million for equipment lease and track work
industrial rail access program
Industrial Rail Access Program
  • 16 Rail siding projects funded in 1998
    • $2.2 mil. in State GO Bonds and $.8 mil. in CMAQ
  • Program Requirements
    • 50/50 Public-Private Investment
    • Meet Cost-Benefit Criteria
    • Benefits Must Accrue to Shipper
  • Difficulties Encountered
    • Federal Approvals
    • Constantly Changing Rail Business Markets
    • Understanding of Federal Process (Rail & Municipality)
  • Program used as an example for other State & Provinces (Vermont and Quebec)
maine dot port projects
Maine DOT Port Projects
  • Re-established Maine Port Authority
  • Searsport
    • Established new model for public-private partnership in port development
  • Portland
    • Container crane funded 50/50 with CMAQ and State GO bonds
  • Small Harbor Improvement Program
maine air cargo
Maine Air Cargo
  • Support Service Sector Economy
    • Growing at 10% annually in Maine
  • Most Traffic Flows South to Boston
  • Major Airports
    • Portland – limited by land availability
    • Bangor – growing steadily, 2 mile long runway
mdot s primary strategies for freight transportation
MDOT’s Primary Strategiesfor Freight Transportation
  • ITS-CVO multiple source funding
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Lease-Purchase Opportunities
  • Proceeds from Sales of Assets
  • Revolving Loan Funds for Seaports and Rail
  • Transfer of Federally assisted assets
  • Corridor Preservation
  • Multiple funding sources
  • Port & Rail Revenue bonds
things to think about
Things to Think About
  • ISTEA and TEA 21 opened a crack in the door
  • Look at projects generically – real public benefit
  • Be Balanced in Changes
  • Strengthen Grade Crossing Program
  • Fund Rail Upgrades (286,000 lb)
  • Create space in new programs/authorizations for smaller states
  • Resolve the “who pays” issue for port dredging
  • Get ROI on shared projects from both public and private
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Maine Department of TransportationOffice of Freight Transportation

16 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

(207) 287-2841