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Maine Trail Visitor Count 2019 to 2021

Maine Trail Use During COVID-19: Project Summary Kathryn Ballingall, Research Associate, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, UMaine Kathleen Bell, Professor, School of Economics, UMaine Maine, like many states, lacks detailed and consistent trail usage data. Trail usage data are critical to making informed decisions about investments in new trails and the maintenance and management of […]

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Road Salt in Maine: An Assessment of Practices, Impacts and Safety

The Road Salt in Maine: An Assessment of Practices, Impacts and Safety report presents the results from a research project by a team from the University of Maine, in cooperation with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT), that examines the use of road salt in Maine for winter travel safety. It summarizes winter maintenance practices, […]

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Maine Policy Review, Volume 30, Number 1, Now Available Online

The first issue of Maine Policy Review, Volume 30, presenting articles on a range of issues affecting Maine, is now available on MPR’s Digital Commons site. A brief look at this issue is available on MPR’s website. The new issue starts off with the Margaret Chase Smith Essay by Richard Barringer in which he discusses […]

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The 2019 Statewide Economic Contribution of Maine’s Forest Products Sector

A new report on “The 2019 Statewide Economic Contribution of Maine’s Forest Products Sector” by Megan Bailey and Sheldon Green has been published. Maine’s forest products sector includes a multitude of components including but not limited to businesses, organizations, and individuals involved with logging and forestry, paper and related product manufacturing, sawmills and wood-product manufacturing, […]

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Credit Enhancement Strategies for Higher Efficiency Vehicles in Maine

Erin Brown, Jonathan Rubin, and Bruce Wyatt published a new report entitled “Credit Enhancement Strategies for Higher Efficiency Vehicles in Maine” which reviews two credit enhancements mechanisms and their impact on access to clean, reliable vehicles. Enhancements are necessary because lower-income and historically disadvantaged groups have less access to low-cost financing. They are not sufficient […]

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New Report on Transportation and Climate in Maine

In a new report “Effects of the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program in Maine: A Study of Rural and Urban Households” by William Somes and Jonathan Rubin, the MCS Policy Center examines the differential effects of the Program in Maine. As climate awareness continues to grow, many states are taking matters into their own hands. […]

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Meet one of our Maine government summer interns

Through the Maine Government Summer Internship Program, Karoline Bass has a summer internship with the Division of Technical Services for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The division includes scientists, geologists, engineers, and data managers who focus on petroleum-contaminated sites. The Department is part of one of the four bureaus that compose the Maine […]

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Rural Public Transportation in Maine–New Report

Great Need for Public Transportation in Rural Areas Access to critical services, such as jobs, education, healthcare, and shopping, is essential for the livability of any community. For those living in rural communities, these services are often farther away, requiring access to a vehicle or public transit. In Maine, the oldest and most rural state, […]

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High Fuel Efficiency Vehicles Can Bolster Maine’s Economy

New Report on High Fuel Efficiency Vehicles

High Fuel Efficiency Vehicles Can Bolster Maine’s Economy Recent data shows that 54% of Maine’s CO2 emissions come from transportation. A new report by Jonathan Rubin, Kathryn Ballingall, and Erin Brown of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center notes that Maine’s economy can benefit from reducing transportation-related petroleum demand and emissions. This economic benefit can […]

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