The transit situation in the Portland (Maine) metropolitan area has not been unlike that in many small cities. Future funding uncertainties, rise in operating costs, and other factors moved METRO to undertake this strategic planning effort so as to clearly define its goals and directions for the coming years. This report documents a series of recommendations concerning directions METRO should pursue and the policy statements that should be issued in moving toward the future. The Strategic Plan resulted from a strategic planning process that involved a series of meetings and workshops with METRO Board members, staff, and other regional officials and consultants. Recommendations are designed to guide the METRO Board and key local officials in making decisions on both specific strategic issues and general policy questions facing METRO. The Plan is definitive yet flexible enough to be reviewed and modified as appropriate. General policy issues addressed in this Plan include: 1) METRO's overall purpose; 2) subsidy levels and distribution of funds; 3) operating cost containment; 4) marketing and public relations. The strategic issues addressed are: 1) accessibility to the handicapped; 2) school service; 3) service expansion/revision; 4) charter service; 5) service to other companies (maintenance, fuel, bus washing); and 6) park and ride lots and ridesharing. The report states that if METRO intends to continue to meet the basic transportation needs of Portland and Westbrook residents, the Board and management should carefully consider all of the recommendations produced through this strategic planning study.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Multisystems, Incorporated

    1050 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1985-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00455172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-ME-09-0006-85-1
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-ME-09-0006
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1988 12:00AM