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Portland explores priority for buses on Congress Street

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Portland explores priority for buses on Congress Street

PORTLAND — The city and several transportation planning agencies are studying whether Congress Street should become a "bus priority corridor."

The designation would, among other things, allow Metro buses to remain in traffic lanes for stops.

The "Portland Mobility Project: Congress Street" was a recommendation of the city's Peninsula Transit Study. Its goal is to improve mobility along the main street by making it easier for all modes of transportation to travel the route. The study area includes Congress between State Street and Franklin Street.

The study will also look into enhancing public transit on Congress Street, especially during busy times, and providing more on-street parking.

The city has teamed up on the study with Metro, Portland Downtown District, Greater Portland Council of Governments and the Portland Area Comprehensive Transit System.

A three-hour public meeting is scheduled Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Maine College of Art Institute for Contemporary Art, 552 Congress St.

Prior to the meeting, public walks are scheduled at noon and 1 p.m. For more information about the project or to RSVP for one of the events, email WBN@portlandmaine.gov.

Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or kbucklin@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katebucklin.