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TRENTON, Maine – Deputy Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan today joined Congressman Michael Michaud and Maine transportation officials for the grand opening of the Acadia Gateway Center transportation and maintenance facility. This transit project will make it easy for visitors to park their cars and take a free shuttle bus service to destinations throughout Acadia National Park, one of the nation’s most popular parks that attracts more than two million visitors every year.
“Our nation’s scenic parklands and protected areas are national treasures,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “It’s vitally important to preserve and protect these lands for today’s visitors as well as future generations by investing in safe, accessible and environmentally sustainable transportation.”
The new facility will provide a place for visitors to Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island to park their cars and ride the free Island Explorer shuttle bus service to destinations around the park and island. Twenty-nine clean, propane-powered buses and four gasoline-powered vans will be maintained at the facility, providing a much-needed alternative to driving while helping to reduce traffic congestion, especially during peak tourist season when visitors flock to the park.
“By taking cars off the road and reducing harmful emissions and pollutants in one of our nation’s most pristine settings, we’re helping visitors from around the world enjoy Acadia National Park the way it was meant to be enjoyed,” said Deputy Administrator McMillan.
The Federal Transit Administration provided $11.6 million for the $14.7 million project. The remainder was provided through state bonds. Additional support for the free Island Explorer shuttle bus service was provided by the National Parks Service, the Town of Trenton, Friends of Acadia and L.L. Bean.