Of the funding, $12.8 million is in federal grant monies.
The work plan, which can be found on the Maine DOT website, lists projects for the “design and construction of the intermodal facility and welcome center” at the Trenton facility, which now houses Island Explorer buses.
Paul Merrill, public information officer with the Maine DOT, told The American that some features of the project include:
• Free parking with electric vehicle charging stations available.
• Bigger restrooms.
• A comfortable waiting area with view of Cadillac Mountain.
• Convenient places to park for the day and take the Island Explorer shuttle to Bar Harbor or Acadia National Park.
• A welcome center for Downeast regional tourism information, which will also sell entrance passes and maps for park visitors. There are still ongoing discussions about exactly how this will be staffed.
• The ability for large motor coaches to transfer passengers to smaller buses designed for the park geometry.
The first phase was completed in 2012 and included the construction of a bus maintenance garage, Parkand- Ride lot and propane fueling station for the Island Explorer and Downeast Transportation buses.
Costs for all projects listed in the DOT work plan to be completed statewide in 2021, 2022 and 2023 total $2.7 billion.
Projects include “capital projects and programs, maintenance and operations activities, planning initiatives and administrative functions,” the press release states.