Unexpected Detours: Smooth sailing through rocky waters
Transportation leaders from around Maine and the country will gather virtually for the 70th Maine Transportation Conference that begins Tuesday, December 1 at 3 p.m. This year, more than 400 transportation professionals throughout the region will participate in a series of live and pre-recorded sessions addressing a range of technical and policy topics, including how the industry is continuing its “essential” work during the pandemic.
The conference keynote speaker Carol Martsolf, vice president and chief learning officer of Urban Engineers, will speak on December 1 at 3:30 p.m. about Navigating the Sea of Change: We all rise together. Other speakers include former White House Chief of Staff and New Hampshire Governor John Sununu and Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association or State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). At 11 a.m. tomorrow, conference co-host, the Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), will release its 2020 Infrastructure Report Card.
MBTA members Orion Breen and Patrick Brady were hot on the campaign trail in the fall of 2020, and they interviewed Maine candidates to find out their views on a variety of topics, including transportation.
Take a look at what the candidates had to say! This was a great way for all of us to get to know our public servants and how they stand on transportation and other key issues. Many thanks to Patrick and Orion for taking this on!
More than 165 members celebrate organization’s 81st year
MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note (left) and Maine Turnpike Authority Executive Director Peter Mills at the July 9 MBTA Annual Meeting.
MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note and Maine Turnpike Authority Executive Director Peter Mills headlined a panel discussion at MBTA’s 81st Annual Meeting, July 9, 2020. The two transportation leaders gave MBTA members and their guests an insider’s look at how both agencies are faring as the state emerges from the coronavirus shutdown that went into effect in mid-March. Because of the coronavirus and physical distancing requirements, the meeting was held virtually with more than 165 members logging in from all corners of the state of Maine.
At the meeting, members also elected a new president, Irv Smith of H.O. Bouchard, who will lead the transportation advocacy group during the 2020-2021 year and bade farewell to outgoing president, Paul Bradbury of the Portland Jetport, who served an extended term due to the pandemic. The organization also welcomed six new board members: Wayne Berry, Northeast Paving; Trevor Kraus, Irving Oil Terminals; Jeremy Jordan, Chadwick-BaRoss; Michael O’Brien, The Rowley Agency; Jasmine Strout, Green International Affiliates; and …
Updated Unemployment Information from Maine Department of Labor The Maine Department of Labor (DOL) recently introduced a call schedule for unemployment filers based on last name. Those seeking to file for unemployment benefits should call 1-800-593-7660 on the day of the week designated by last name:
A-H on Monday, April 6
I-Q on Tuesday, April 7
R-Z on Wednesday, April 8
Thursday and Friday – unassigned for those who miss their alphabetical day or need to call at that time.
Message from MBTA President Paul Bradbury on COVID-19
Please know that the Staff and Board of the Maine Better Transportation Association continue to monitor issues related to COVID-19. While there has been ample media coverage on the situation, some more accurate than others, we are following the recommendations of Maine and US CDC in order to promote public safety and joining others in trying to control the spread of COVID-19.
Regarding upcoming events, we have canceled the April 9 Transportation on Tap networking event and will review the rest of our calendar on a case-by-case basis. Because our annual meeting on May 7th is nearly two months away, we haven’t yet postponed it but are likely to. We will let you know about that shortly.
We are following Governor Janet Mills’ recommendation regarding limiting non-essential travel and large meetings. While the original recommendation was to cancel meetings of 250 attendees or more, that number now applies to meetings of 50 or more. For smaller committee meetings, until further notice, we will set up conference calls or Zoom meetings. We will update events quickly on our MBTA Facebook page, and website, and with emails.
There are several great sources of information on how to contain COVID-19. The …