Transportation Master Planning

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Commercial Street Operations and Master Plan

The City of Portland is collaborating with the Maine DOT and PACTS to develop an Operations and Master Plan for Commercial Street from India Street to the Casco Bay Bridge/International Marine Terminal.  The Plan's goal is to maintain Commercial Street's critical role of providing functional access to and from the adjoining piers, wharves and port passenger and freight facilities as centers for marine commerce while striking the right balance with Commercial Street's emerging multi-modal needs and its economic development and nationally recognized retail/tourist destination opportunities.

The Scope of Work is designed to address:
  • Functional utility of piers and port facilities as centers for marine commerce;
  • Safe, comfortable, and reasonably managed pedestrian access along and across Commercial Street;
  • Management and facilitation of the freight and delivery activities, including to piers/wharves and the use of the center median area for deliveries to businesses;
  • Pedestrian-scale and roadway lighting;
  • Vehicular traffic operations and safety resulting in reasonable flow and travel time for all modes;
  • Bicycle facilities for safety and comfort;
  • Access management to improve mobility and safety for vehicles and pedestrians;
  • Transit services to meet growing transportation demand;
  • The potential role of technology such as advanced traffic signals and autonomous/connected vehicles to meet Commercial Street's challenges.
Project resources to date are provided below:
Stakeholder Summary Notes from Stakeholder Meeting #1, October 4, 2018
Presentation from Public Meeting #1, December 11, 2018
Public Summary Notes from Public Meeting #1, December 11, 2018
DRAFT Existing Conditions Report
Handouts from August 13, 2019 Public Meeting
Presentation with Keypad Polling Results from August 13, 2019 Public Meeting
Link to CTN5 Video of the August 13, 2019 Meeting
Presentation of Draft Recommendations from Waterfront Alliance meeting, February 11, 2020.  

The Draft Final Report is anticipated to be available in the summer of 2020.  A DRAFT Executive Summary will be presented to the Sustainability and Transportation Committee on May 20, 2020.  The presentation can be found here.

To provide comments, please feel free to e-mail Bruce Hyman, Transportation Program Manager, at

Other Recent Initiatives

Portland-South Portland Smart Corridor Plan
The cities of Portland and South Portland jointly conducted a PACTS funded study of the multimodal transportation-land use-urban design/place-making opportunities on the corridor that stretches from Morrill's Corner/Forest Avenue to State-High Streets to Broadway/SMCC-Bug Light Park.  The corridor connects 4 colleges and universities as well as multiple neighborhoods and neighborhood centers.  The study commenced early in 2017 and wrapped up in the spring of 2018. 

1) You can access the study website here. The Revised Draft Final Report (June 2018) can be found here.
2) The February 27th presentation to the City Council standing committee on Sustainability and Transportation can be found here.

The Smart Corridor Plan is a follow-up to and builds upon the Transforming Forest Avenue Study, adopted by the city council in 2012.  TFA looked at Forest Avenue from Woodford's Corner to Deering Oaks Park/Park Avenue.  The Woodford's Corner project, the top priority from the Transforming Forest Avenue study is under construction in 2017-2018.  Plans and information about the project can be found at Woodfords Corner Public Improvement Plans. 

Libbytown Traffic Circulation Study, Phase II
The City of Portland has fine-tuned and updated the traffic analyses begun in 2012 of the traffic circulation pattern and traffic-pedestrian-bicyclist safety in the Libbytown and St. John/Valley neighborhoods in the vicinity of where Congress Street and Park Avenue are both one way for a short stretch near the interchange with I-295.  The updated analysis looked at to what degree converting one or both streets to two-way improves safety and accessibility for all users.  The new analysis also updated traffic counts and traffic forecasts (including Maine Med's planned campus expansion as outlined in its newly adopted Institutional Overlay Zone in 2017, its new 2400 car parking garage on St. John St and the full build-out of Thompson's Point). You can find the materials from the 2012-2013 Phase I Study here.

1) The Draft Phase II Traffic Analysis Update Report can be found here.
2) The February 27th presentation to the City Council standing committee on Sustainability and Transportation can be found here.

Franklin Street Feasibility Study, Phase II - Final Report
The Franklin Street Feasibility Study, Phase II, more fully developed the transportation, land use and urban design concepts for Franklin Street from Marginal Way to Commercial Street.  The study recommends returning Franklin Street, over time, to a more traditional urban street that will better serve future traffic levels, help re-knit together adjoining neighborhoods and support new infill development and redevelopment.
The Bayside Transportation Master Plan looked area-wide at Bayside and East Bayside but looked more closely at six 'focus areas.'
These focus areas were:
  • Oxford-Portland Street
  • Pearl Street Extension
  • Lancaster Street
  • Preble and Elm Streets
  • Marginal Way
  • Area-wide Transit Access and Service
West Commercial Street Multi-Modal Corridor Study (2016)
In 2016 the West Commercial Street Multi-modal Corridor Study was completed with the intent to plan long term to safely accommodate all modes of transportation while sustaining marine-industrial uses and promoting mixed use development along an important gateway corridor into Portland's waterfront and downtown.
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