Greater Portland agencies to combine

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PORTLAND — The Greater Portland Council of Governments and Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System are merging.

GPCOG spokeswoman Dianna Fletcher announced the agencies are combining in a Jan. 31 press release.

Fletcher said the agencies “will deeply integrate core GPCOG missions such as public health, energy and economic development with the greater Portland region’s transportation funding decisions.”

GPCOG was founded in 1969 and has 26 member communities extending to western Cumberland County. Founded in 1975, PACTS serves 18 communities with transportation studies, planning and distribution of state and federal highway funds.