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 …
Section of Route 201 winner of ‘Worst Road in Maine’
William Jarvis, grand prize winner of the 2019 Worst Road in Maine Contest
Maine Scenic Byway wins top prize for going from ‘falling apart’ to ‘terrible.’
Route 202 in Sanford, Route 1A in Fort Fairfield and Route 1 in Washington County are runners up.
William Jarvis of Jackman, Maine, won the grand prize for his entry, a 14.3-mile section of Route 201 that stretches from the town of Moose River to the border of Maine and Quebec, Canada. Jarvis, a forester and chief of the Jackman Fire & Rescue Department, frequently has to travel the route t
o reach land that he manages for clients and on his official duties for the town of Jackman. In talking about his entry, Jarvis noted that the road is a popular Maine Scenic Byway, and that the deteriorating condition of the road is more of a deterrent to local tourists. Jarvis has won the $529 grand prize – that is the amount researchers have estimated …
8:15 a.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday, December 5, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
The keynote speaker will be Allie Kelly of The Ray, a nonprofit organization that has built the nation’s only publicly accessible, living laboratory for transportation innovation. Kelly has helped the organization implement and build almost a dozen groundbreaking, world-leading technology demonstrations, including the first solar road in the United States and the world’s first public demonstration of a drive-through tire safety station. She was the recipient of the 2018 Atlanta Technology Professionals (ATP) Impact Award and was listed twice as one of the 100 Women to Know by Engineering Georgia.
Other technical and policy track discussions will examine a range of topics, including: Pushing Green Buttons: Political Realities of Raising Revenue; Wicked Smart Roads; and Cars of the Future: Consumer Preferences, Barriers and Opportunities in Maine.
There also will be UMaine College of Engineering student paper presentations (11 a.m.) and the popular Max L. Wilder Bridge Breaking Competition (4:30 p.m.).
Four industry leaders will be honored at event in October
Four giants in transportation will be honored on October 4 at the Maine Transportation Achievement Awards Luncheon at the Augusta Civic Center, the MBTA board of directors announced.
Dr. Habib Dagher, founding executive director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine, will receive the Transportation Champion Award. Lifetime Achievement Awards will go to: John Dority, who served as MaineDOT chief engineer from 1995 to 2009;Tim Folster of Sargent Corp. and a former MBTA president and longtime board member; and Steve Sawyer of Sebago Technics, a two-time MBTA president and MBTA board member.
“Maine has a big transportation system that connects the fabric of our citizens’ lives and enables our communities to thrive,” said MBTA President Paul Bradbury who received a Maine Transportation Achievement Award for public service in 2014.
“These four individuals have played a big role in that big system,” said Bradbury. “They are truly giants, and we are so grateful for all they have done to make transportation in our state safer and more efficient.”
The Maine Transportation Achievement Awards were founded in 1983, and have gone to community and industry leaders who have made significant contributions to …