State Seeks Millions for Acadia Gateway

TRENTON — The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) has applied to the Federal Transit Administration for an $8.36 million grant for the next two phases of the Acadia Gateway Center project off Route 3 here.

As a condition of the grant, the state would contribute $2.09 million, or 20 percent, of the total estimated cost of $10.45 million, according to Susan Moreau, the MDOT’s manager of passenger services.

The Acadia Gateway Center will be a bus transportation hub and information center for visitors to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.

The first phase of the project, which is scheduled for completion in November at a cost of $14 million, includes construction of a bus maintenance and garage facility, entrance drive and infrastructure for the rest of the project.

Plans for phases two and three call for construction of a visitor welcome center, an Island Explorer bus terminal and a parking lot for people who choose to leave their cars at the gateway center and take the bus to MDI for the day.

Ms. Moreau said Aug. 12 that the MDOT has applied for funding through the Bus Livability Program of the Federal Transit Administration. She said the department hopes to find out early this fall if the grant request is approved. Even if it is, she said, it is not known when the money would be available.

The Trenton board of selectmen has endorsed the MDOT’s federal grant request.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]