The Forest Avenue – Route 302 – Route 77 – Broadway corridor is a critical roadway corridor for the communities of Portland and South Portland. It runs through these cities to provide the longest continuous north — south route. It retains a great deal of historic character throughout Portland and South Portland while also providing essential regional transportation connections. But in addition to enabling important local and regional traffic connections, the corridor is also an important neighborhood main street that provides access to adjacent residences, businesses, educational and medical institutions, and park spaces.

The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) is working with the Cities of Portland and South Portland to improve travel in this corridor, from Morrill’s Corner to Bug Light Park and SMCC. The study will look at approaches for balancing traffic, public transit service, walking, bicycling, safety issues, and travel demand from new development to create a vibrant future for the corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.

With help from corridor residents and stakeholders, we will develop a plan to make this a “Smart Corridor,” with:

  • New "smart growth" developments that fit their surroundings
  • Robust travel choices - transit, walking, biking - to accommodate more activity while managing traffic demand
  • Connections among the higher education institutions in the corridor, including improved transit options
  • Enhanced technology, including traffic signal upgrades, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) improvements, and real-time travel information for transit riders

This will help us to enable new economic opportunities in the corridor, improve mobility, create lively streets, and improve the quality of life for the residents, business owners, students, and visitors that travel along it.

Contact Us

We welcome your participation in the study, and we are eager to answer your questions. Please contact us at info@mainesmartcorridor.com.

You may also contact:
Bruce Hyman
City of Portland Transportation Program Manager
bhyman@portlandmaine.gov

Tex Haeuser
City of South Portland Planning & Development Director
chaeuser@southportland.org.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS

The project team kicked off the planning study with a series of neighborhood events in the corridor. At each of these events, project team members led neighborhood residents, business owners, and other interested citizens in a walk along the corridor to review issues and opportunities. This was followed by a brief presentation (available below) by the project team and more opportunity for participants to voice their thoughts, concerns, and questions.

All Meetings – 5 pm corridor walk, to be followed by 6 pm meeting.

  • Wednesday April 12
    South Portland
    Broadway Corridor
    SEA Center at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), corner of Fort Road/McKernan Center Drive, South Portland
    View Presentation
  • Wednesday April 26
    Portland - Deering Oaks

    Forest Avenue Central Corridor
    University of Southern Maine
    Abromson Community Education Center, Room 109/110
    88 Bedford Street
    5:00 pm: Corridor Walk - Meet at USM, plaza in front of Glickman Family Library, Forest Avenue/Bedford Street
    6:00 pm: Meeting - Abromson Community Education Center, Room 109/110
    View Presentation
  • Thursday April 27
    Portland - Morrill's Corner

    Forest Avenue North Corridor
    University of New England
    WCHP Lecture Hall, #8 Parker Pavilion
    716 Stevens Avenue
    5:00 pm: Corridor Walk - Meet at Wok Inn, 1209 Forest Avenue, right in Morrill's Corner
    6:00 pm: Meeting - WCHP Lecture Hall
    View Presentation
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