Maine to invest $1.6 million in employee transportation program

  • Date: 03/04/2023

Transportation in the workforce is getting new, featured investments in Maine.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Wednesday that $1.6 million will be used from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan grant program that would support employers with workforce transportation solutions.

Bath Iron Works, Robbins Lumber, Gagne Foods, and Timber HP, according to the release, will receive grant funding for transportation initiatives.

The Maine Department of Transportation, according to the release, through the Workforce Transportation Pilot Program will administer the program. The program works to support local and regional program that use ridesharing, vanpools, and other means of transportation to connect employees and employers.

Bath Iron Works, according to the release, will receive $750,000 that will be used to support carpools and vanpools for employees, while also including public transportation and multi-mode parking facilities.

Gagne Foods will use $59,840, according to the release, for support during inclement weather for transportation options for employees and also provide several electric bicycles.

According to the release, Robbins Lumber will receive $41,600 to counter costs of a program that provides transportation to employees who are housed in a nearby correctional facility.

TimberHP will receive $750,000 for the construction for an electric vehicle transportation hub and purchasing electric vehicles for an employee rideshare program.

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