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Transportation in Maine

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DOTThe Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) overviews the entire transportation network of the state and ensures safe and easy commuting of people and goods. The MaineDOT provides safe and secure mobility and travel options for the residents of the state and provide for a transportation system and services that are well maintained, reliable and efficient. The department strives to achieve transportation excellence in the state and develops plans and programs relating to the system of highways, roadways, railways, airways and waterways in Maine.

Contact Details
Maine Department of Transportation
Child Street
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
Phone: (207) 624-3000
Fax: (207) 624-3001
Website: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/

Road Transportation in Maine

The Maine transport department is committed to provide convenient, safe and reliable road transportation and easy connectivity to various cities and states. The road transportation in Maine comprises of highways, state routes, public transit and bicycle and pedestrian routes.

The interstate highways form an important part of inter-regional corridors in Maine. The important Interstate Highways in Maine are Interstate 95, Interstate 195, Interstate 295, Interstate 395 and Interstate 495.

Interstate 95: It runs from the New Hampshire border near Kittery to the Canadian border near Houlton.

Interstate 195: It is an auxiliary Interstate Highway which is shorter and running 3.88 km in eastern York County, Maine.

Interstate 295: It runs from I-95 in Scarborough to I-95 in West Gardiner.

Interstate 395: It is in the Bangor area.

Interstate 495: It is the unsigned designation for the Falmouth Spur, connecting Interstate 95 with Interstate 295 and U.S. Route 1 north of Portland.

MaineDOT has initiated and implemented several programs for the improvement of road transportation in the state. The notable programs include:

Adopt-A-Highway Program

The Adopt-A-Highway-Program provides a great opportunity to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations Highwayto participate in litter control and beautification activities along the public highways in Maine. Any interested municipality or county can adopt its own program for these activities. Local rules are set up and provided to the Boy Scouts, or the Kiwanis Club or any interested group who wants to "adopt" a highway in town.

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Highway Safety Program

The Highway Safety Improvement Program of MaineDOT aims at achieving a significant reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads.

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Bicycling and Walking

Bicyclists and pedestrians are integrated elements of Maine's intermodal transportation system. The MaineDOT makes rules and policies for the advancement of bicycling and walking in the state. Bicycling and walking provides cost effective solutions to the state’s mobility, safety and environmental goals.

Read more on Bicycling and Walking

Scenic Byways

Scenic Byways are important road transport programs of the MaineDOT.scenicbyways

Important Programs of MaineDOT

Maine Bus Service

Maine has several bus service providers to provide regular connections in both rural and urban areas. These carriers provide safe and comfortable journey and make it easy to get where one wants to. Listed below are the bus service providers in Maine.

Air Transportation in Maine

Maine has a well developed air transportation network that serves the locals and tourists from all over the world. Air transportation in Maine offers all round efficient and easy connectivity to the people. Listed below are the notable ports in Maine.

Portland International Jetport

Portland International Jetport is Maine’s largest airport and is just five miles from the heart of downtown Portland. airportAirlines serving the airport include Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.

Contact Details
Portland International Jetport
1001 Westbrook Street Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 874-8877
Fax: (207) 774-7740
Website: http://www.portlandjetport.org/

Bangor International Airport

Bangor International Airport is a friendly, hassle-free airport in Maine. The airport serves as a convenient hub for getting to and from the Bangor region. The airport is served by Allegiant, Delta, and American/US Airways and United.

Contact Details
Bangor International Airport
287 Godfrey Boulevard
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-992-4600
Fax: 207-945-3607
Website: http://www.flybangor.com/

Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport

Located half way between the city of Ellsworth and the town of Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor Airport is an airport for the airline passenger, general aviation pilot and private charter passenger. The airport is served by Pen Air and Cape Air.

Contact Details
Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport
115 Caruso Drive
Trenton, Maine 04605
Phone: 207-667-7329
Website: http://www.bhbairport.com/

Knox County Regional Airport

Knox County Regional Airport is a county owned, public use airport in Knox County, Maine. The airport serves the residents of midcoast Maine with commercial and charter aviation services. Airlines serving the airport include Cape Air and Penobscot Island Air.

Contact Details
Knox County Regional Airport
62 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: (207) 594-0420
Fax: (207) 594-0443
Website: http://www.knoxcountymaine.gov/airport

Northern Maine Regional Airport

The "Gateway To Northern Maine", Northern Maine Regional Airport is the second longest commercial runway in Maine. The airport provides transportation facility for commercial, corporate and private users.

Contact Details
Northern Maine Regional Airport
650 Airport Drive, Suite 11
Presque Isle, Maine 04769
Phone: 207-764-2550
Fax: 207-764-2551
Website: http://www.flypresqueisle.com/

Other important airports in Maine are

  • Augusta State Airport
  • Belfast Municipal Airport
  • Biddeford Municipal Airport
  • Caribou Municipal Airport
  • Houlton International Airport
  • Greenville Municipal Airport
  • Millinocket Municipal Airport
  • Eastport Municipal Airport
  • Pittsfield Municipal Airport
  • Princeton Municipal Airport

Rail Transportation in Maine

Railways play a major role in transportation in Maine. The Maine department of transportation overviews the rail services and proper functioning of railways in the state. Below are mentioned the railroads in Maine:


Stations served by Amtrak in Maine:

  • Brunswick, ME (BRK)
  • Portland, ME (POR)
  • Freeport, ME (FRE)
  • Old Orchard Beach, ME (ORB)
  • Saco, ME (SAO)
  • Dover, NH (DOV)
  • Wells, ME (WEM)
  • Durham, NH (DHM)
  • Haverhill, MA (HHL)
  • Exeter, NH (EXR)
  • Woburn, MA (WOB)
  • Boston, MA - North Station (BON)

Website: http://www.amtrak.com/downeaster-train

NBM Railwaysrail
PO Box 3189
11 Gifford Road
Saint John, N.B.
E2M 4X8
Phone: 1-877-838-6277
Website: http://nbmrailways.com/

Central Maine and Quebec Railway
Phone: (800) 635-9449
Website: http://www.cmqrailway.com/index

Maine Eastern Railroad
4 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: 207-596-6705
Website: http://www.maineeasternrailroad.com/

St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad
Phone: (877) 414-7905
Website: http://www.gwrr.com/operations/railroads/north_america/st_lawrence_atlantic_railroad#Conta ctInformation

Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railway
31 Veterans Highway Brooks Maine 04921
Phone: (207) 722-3899
Website: http://belfastandmooseheadlakerail.org/joomla/index.php

Downeast Scenic Railroad
PO Box 950
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Phone: 1-866-449-RAIL (7245)
Website: http://www.downeastscenicrail.org/

Seashore Trolley Museum
Post Office Box A
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Phone 207-967-2800
Website: https://www.trolleymuseum.org/

Water Transportation in Maine

Water Transportation in Maine is another major transportation system in the state. Water transport network serves the people as an enjoyable mode of transportation as well as a major mode for freight movement to various cities and states. Ports in Maine serve the people by giving cargo, ferry, boating and cruising services. Ports in Maine are mentioned below:

Maine Port Authority

The Maine Port Authority provides information on Maine's ports, recreational boating, ferry schedules, weather and safety, shipping and marine transportation services.

Contact Details
Maine Port Authority
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
Phone: 207.624.3564
Website: http://www.maineports.com/

Eastport Port Authority

The Eastport Breakwater Terminal has berthing for a vessel up to 700 ft. Services of the port include:

  • Stevedoring & Agency Services
  • Pilot Servicesport
  • Tug Boat Services
  • Cruise Services

Contact Details
Eastport Port Authority office
3 Madison Street
PO Box 278
Eastport, ME 04631
Phone: (207) 853-4614
Fax: (207) 853-9584
Website: http://www.portofeastport.org/

Port of Searsport

Located at the heart of Penobscot Bay, Port of Searsport serve the needs of shippers moving product both into and out of Maine and through the onsite rail yard of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway.

Services of the port
  • Cargo services
  • Ferry services
  • Cruise Services
  • Boating services

Contact Details
Port of Searsport
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
Phone: 207.624.3564
Website: http://www.maineports.com/searsport


Located in the central part of the Penobscot River between Bangor and Searsport, Bucksport provides services to fuel barges, ocean going tankers, and recreational boating interests.

Services of the port

  • Cargo services
  • Ferry services
  • Cruise Services
  • Boating services

Contact Details
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
Phone: 207.624.3564

Port of Portland

The Port of Portland is the largest tonnage seaport in New England and a major seaport along the east coast of the United States as well.

Contact Details
Port of Portland
PO Box 3529, Portland OR 97208
7200 NE Airport Way, Portland OR 97218
Phone: 503-415-6000
Email: contactus@portofportland.com
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