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Maine Turnpike Authority studying Portland stretch of road

January 22, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Turnpike Authority wants public input on the future of the increasingly busy stretch from Scarborough to Falmouth.

The authority is holding a public advisory committee meeting Wednesday in Portland. The goal is to complete a report of the growing safety and capacity challenges by June.

MTA spokeswoman Erin Courtney said traffic volumes are at record highs after growing about 3 to 5 percent a year over the last three years.

The committee is looking at solutions like encouraging ridesharing, adding transit or making it more expensive to use the Turnpike during peak traffic hours.

Other possibilities include taking no action, adding additional lanes to the section of the turnpike or using technology or more enforcement to change the way people drive.

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