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“D” is for deficient. “O” is for obsolete. Bridges are crumbling from one end of this state to the other.
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The Portland Jetport’s “planes on time” average is so bad that it makes Logan look good. When you add to that (a.) excessive ticket prices to fly out of Portland, (b.) lost luggage, and quite simply the (c.) lamest consumer services (change the L.L. Bean shoe display, okay? It’s been there for 17 years. […]

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Was it terrorism or mental illness? Either way, the incident on Northwest Airlines Flight 720 ended peacefully — thanks to two senior citizens: Bob Hayden, a 65-year-old former police commander, and a retired Marine Corps Captain who restrained a couple of unruly passengers, while all the young guys were “averting their eyes.”
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Senator Collins is part of a bipartisan group proposing legislation that would provide legal protections to individuals who report suspicious activity that could be a terrorist threat - but isn’t.
The bill would provide civil immunity in American courts for citizens who, acting in good faith, report threats to our transportation systems to appropriate law-enforcement and […]

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FDLF TXT N DRV

The good news is the whole “drink and drive” message is getting through to teenagers. The bad news? More accidents are happening due to teens driving tired, and teens trying to text message and drive.
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Maine will see 160,000 fewer Canadian visitors and lose $34.3 million in tourist revenue during the next three years thanks to new passport laws that go into effect next week. Air travelers who are citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda, as well as U.S. citizens returning home will have to display passports to enter […]

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The Scarlet Toyota

It’s not just a time-honored tradition to shop for a blind mechanic when car inspection time rolls around — it’s an art — passed down from the village elders to the younger generation. But now, a change in the motor vehicle inspection rules will require mechanics who flunk your vehicle to rip off half […]

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Governor Baldacci cut the ribbon on the Gray Bypass this afternoon. Affectionately known as Route 26A, the new bypass is expected to reduce traffic in the village of Gray by about 40%, or 10,350 vehicles a day. This will improve safety in traffic at the 2 Gray Village intersections that are identified as high […]

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Gov. Baldacci is ordering a plan for expanded passenger rail service to interior and coastal communities as a touristy thing. It’s a great idea, of course, but here’s an even better one — how about rail service for commuters? Portland-to-Augusta would be a logical place to start. Or Kittery to Augusta
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I need a word for the anxiety that slowly builds when the driver of the car in which I find myself captive begins to fumble with her/his cell phone and its multiplicity of options… did so-and-so call? Let me check my messages, missed calls, call back numbers, look up a phone number…
One eye on the […]

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An insurance company exam has revealed that the Northeast has the dumbest drivers. You might think it’s because our road system evolved largely out of routine cattle paths that meandered in anything but a straight line. Or maybe it’s the tolls, traffic rotaries, pot holes?
No. Just plain old American stupidity.

Approximately one in three […]

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Senators Snowe and Collins have introduced the Bicycle Commuters Benefit Act of 2006, which amends the tax code so that public and private employers can offer to employees a monthly benefit payment that will help them cover the costs of riding their bikes, instead of driving and parking. Employers can deduct the cost of […]

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Memorial Bridge in Augusta will get a new, probably unattractive chain link “suicide fence” as part of the bridge reconstruction project. Councilor Donna Lerman stood alone in protest to the albeit butt-ugly fence claiming that it’s one of the reasons why “Augusta” is known as “Disgusta” (the other being that nothing else rhymed.)
Lerman […]

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Drug overdoses are beating out traffic accidents when it comes to killing Mainers. Overdoses are projected to reach 178 compared to 167 driving fatalities. While traffic fatalities have been dropping, drug related deaths have nearly tripled since 2000. See USA Today
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Despite Gov. Baldacci’s mandate to cut travel to a bare minimum, State bureaucrats spent around $1.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2006 (officially last July) - a 20% increase from the previous quarter. Year-to-year comparisons, however, show a 9 percent drop in travel spending from fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2005. […]

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I-295’s Exit 3 ramp project in South Portland will be getting a $154,933 federal DOT boost to (a.) finish the ramp, (b.) ease congestion, and (c.) drain the enormous mud puddle that occupies that spot between December and June. See Tom Allen
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BMV Movement

Anyone who has ever renewed a license in Maine knows that it’s wise to pack a bag lunch, a couple of canteens, and a calendar before heading off to your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The average wait at the BMV starts at an hour - and that’s just to get a number. […]

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Lots of transportation funds coming to Maine. Break out the slow signs and orange highway cones! See Mike Michaud
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Because if you lose your license? You just keep on driving.
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Gorham Bypass Surgery

It’s official! Gorham’s traffic bypass surgery is a Presidential signature away from hiring guys to hold “Slow” signs. The Gorham Bypass is the legendary solution to one of Maine’s most time-wasting natural wonders — the 40-minute mile through Gorham. See Tom Allen.
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This fall it will be illegal to run someone down with your boat, ATV, or snowmobile and either flee the scene or fail to report the accident. See BDN
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Moose crash season is upon us and the rains are making the visibility worse than ever. Most likely time for a moose/man collision? Between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Make sure your car can stop within your low-beams traveling distance, slow down, and use high beams whenever possible. See Press Herald
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Should illegal immigrants have access to drivers’ licenses? There are wo bills proposed in the Maine Legislature: one would make it illegal for an illegal immigrant to get a license, while the other would tie the expiration dates of licenses and visas. See: Maine Today
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You don’t have to be a member of the Department of Transportation to know that Maine’s roads are deteriorating even more than usual for this time of year. See: Maine slips in U.S. study of highways
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Smart Signs Dumb Drivers

The percentage of Mainers receiving speeding tickets isn’t really going up…but speeds are. More drivers are not just speeding, but driving “wicked fast” — 25 - 30 mph over the posted limits. For the record, law enforcement officials would prefer it if you slowed down. (And yes, we all know what it’s […]

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