Connectivity Part 1 - mass-transit and vehicles

South Portland’s Mass-Transit Past

South Portland’s Mass-Transit Future

“Building a robust system of TDM [Transportation Demand Management] strategies through transit incentives, reduced parking requirements, and development regulations are the first steps in shifting the culture of South Portland to be more transit-oriented.”

- The Cushing’s Point Transportation Study

South Portland drivers emitted 105,674 metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2017. If South Portland is going to reduce their carbon footprint we need to systemically change our habits and the way we live. This starts by shifting away from our reliance on cars.


The Yard South is located on the Fore River, just half a mile from downtown Portland and 2.5 miles from the Roux Institute.This site is an ideal location for a water transit stop and berthing location. The Cushing’s Point Transportation Study supports this goal and provides insight into ferry service demand and operations. We envision a small electric ferry service that helps commuters, Yard South residents, bicyclists, and visitors cross the Fore River while reducing their carbon footprint and improving air quality.


The Yard South proposes that a bus line be extended to service this new development, Bug Light Park, and other businesses on the Eastern Waterfront. A bus stop would be provided at the waterfront to provide a quick transfer to the water transit. Additional bus stops will be located internally in the Yard South development and on Madison Street. The Yard South will also explore micro-transit such as shuttles or van services to provide transportation to large employers in the area.



The Yard South’s efforts to address the housing crisis will result in impacts to Broadway and adjacent streets. According to the Cushing’s Point study “…the Broadway corridor can support additional growth (estimated in the range of 500 to 1,000 additional dwelling units in the study area), with system improvements that include improved traffic signal efficiency; expanded and improved bus service…, bicycle and pedestrian facilities upgrades …, and by offering ferry transportation to and from Portland... Roadway/intersection improvements to create a roundabout or an equivalently-effective design, will be required at Sawyer Street.” (pg. 43)

Recent Maine DOT traffic counts indicate that Broadway traffic has been declining. In some instances this trend began to appear prior to COVID. Yearly traffic counts from 2023 will be important to determine if this trend is continuing and the reasons for this shift.