MBTA members Orion Breen and Patrick Brady are hot on the campaign trail, interviewing Maine candidates to find out their views on a variety of topics, including transportation.
Take a look at what the candidates have to say, and be sure to check back for more. As our intrepid team of interviewers is able to catch the candidates in between campaign stops, we will post new interviews.
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