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New Bangor bus union and Troy Jackson call on Congress to fund public transit

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“Affordable public transportation is essential for college students, senior citizens on fixed incomes and working families,” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci, who donated his city council salary to the Community Connector bus service to keep it going last year. Baldacci also held a spaghetti dinner in order to save the bus route from city cuts due to Governor LePage’s bad policies.

This article appeared in Maine Insights by Ramona du Houx, May 27th, 2014

Today transit drivers and community members rallied to call on Maine’s Congressional Delegation to fund public transportation in Pickering Square, Bangor. The drivers are members of the newly organized union in Bangor, which is part of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 714. ATU 714 represents approximately 34 drivers in Bangor and also represents bus drivers at the Portland Metro.

“Now that we have a union we have a voice and a place at the table. We are here today to exercise that voice. Please take action and call your elected officials today,” said Susan Warner of Carmel, a Bangor transit driver and union leader of the ATU 714. “Congress should pass SB 2322 to fund public transit now.”

The Bangor drivers voted to organize a year ago and just settled their first contract with the City of Bangor this month. Continue reading →

Bangor, Maine, scales back median plans for Main Street

“As chair of the City’s Infrastructure Committee I am very pleased with the final result. Our public works director Dana Wardwell worked successfully with the businesses along Main Street to make sure the majority of their concerns were incorporated in the final plan. The nearly $2 million in improvements will significantly improve the lighting and pedestrian mobility on all sides of Main Street and it will give it a more upgraded boulevard type look,” said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci.

The following is an excerpt from the a BDN article:

The city hopes to reduce the number of medians planned for Main Street amid a major road project in order to ease concerns of area businesses and residents.

Early drafts of the plan called for nearly 1,500 feet of raised islands dividing travel lanes along Main Street. But according to Director of Public Works Dana Wardwell, the city is looking at just over 1,100 feet. The city also added plans for a crosswalk across Main Street between Sidney and Larkin streets, citing complaints about a lack of crossings along the busy stretch of road. Continue reading →