Tiger 2 Transportation Planning Grant

Linking the Rural Regions of Four Counties in Maine to Enhance Transportation Opportunities and Improve Quality of Life

Transportation means access—access to jobs, to healthy food, to healthcare and social services, to entertainment, to education.  The TIGER2 project (named for its funding source, the Federal Transit Administration’s “Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery” program) was designed to increase access for people in rural communities in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Waldo Counties by enhancing existing transportation options and developing new ones.   

In the first phase of the project, we convened an Advisory Group of stakeholders and gathered information about existing transportation usage and barriers in the four-county area. The second phase included review and discussion of the findings and creation of a series of recommendations and action steps.  The principal recommendation that arose from this project is that a rural Transportation Management Association (TMA) should be created to:

  • assume responsibility for education, promotion, and outreach for carpooling and ridesharing in Eastern Maine;
  • develop a website to provide comprehensive information and resources to assist residents in creating their own transportation solutions (www.gettingtheremaine.com); and
  • work with municipalities, employers, and businesses to encourage localized and/or remote-access approaches to employment, service delivery, and shopping in an effort to reduce unnecessary travel and to reduce transportation costs.


The Tiger2 Project Final Report is available online. Please click here to view it.

For more information, please contact: Vicki Rusbult at 207-974-3238 or vrusbult@emdc.org