Shared Use Pathways

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Shared Use Pathways are a type of shared bikeway and pedestrian-way physically separated from the roadway and are intended to be shared by multiple types of pathway users, serving both transportation and recreational purposes.

West Commercial Street Pathway Design

Through the West Commercial Street Pathway project, the City of Portland, in consultation with the Maine DOT, is designing a portion of the West Commercial Street Pathway along the frontage of the Star Match building.  This segment is just one of many vital missing links in the plan to create a circumferential shared use pathway network around the Portland Peninsula, and when complete, will help to extend the Fore River Trail from its existing terminus to the east.

On January 13, 2021, the City of Portland held a public meeting to review draft plans for the project.  To review the plans from the meeting, click here.  

Construction is anticipated in summer 2022. 

Bayside to Portland Transportation Center Pathway


The Bayside to Portland Transportation Center Pathway is a critical missing link in an evolving shared use pathway network that will encircle the Portland peninsula and connect to other existing and planned pathways and our neighboring communities.

Presentation from 11/30/16 Public Meeting
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Discussion Notes

Construction is anticipated in summer 2022. 

Martin's Point Shared Use Pathway Study

This study, completed in early 2016, developed a shared use pathway concept to connect the Back Cove Trail/Tukey’s Bridge pathway with the shared use pathway built on the newly constructed Martin’s Point Bridge.


Martin's Point Shared Use Path Design Feasibility Study
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West Commercial Street Trail Feasibility Study

This study, completed in 2009, developed two potential alignments for a shared use pathway from the Veteran’s Bridge/Fore River Parkway Trail to Harborview Park along West Commercial Street. The MaineDOT constructed Phase I in 2015 as part of the International Marine Terminal Project including the traffic signal at Beach Street and a pathway from east of Beach Street to just east of the Star Match Building. The city has secured funding for Phase II and will be embarking on its design in the near future.

West Commercial Street Trail Feasibility Study

West Commercial Street Multi-Modal Corridor Study

In 2016, the 2009 study was updated with recommendations for the "along the road" pathway alignment and concept.

West Commercial Street Multi-Modal Corridor Study
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