Maine Transportation

Maine Transportation

One of the biggest tourists attracting state in USA is Maine. It has the best beaches on the east coast and some scenic drives which can be enjoyed thoroughly. To support this Maine has also developed an amazing resource for itself i.e. its transportation facilities. There are ample transportation facilities which helps tourist who are new to Maine. The destinations which you would like to visit become very easy if the place has good transportation system. Maine has over the period of time invested a lot of money in improving its transportation system. The airports have world class infrastructure and the roads are the smoothest you can travel on.

Road Transportation in Maine

There are many bus routes which will help you find your destination easily. Intercity buses will help you travel in and around the city comfortably. You can also travel fixed route buses which will have fixed destination.These are cheaper means of transport and you may have to walk or take a cab to go to the nearest bus stop. Demand response buses are more of a door-to-door service. You have to reserve your seats beforehand so that you can be picked up from your door. If you want to travel around Maine in one single bus instead of changing too many buses you can as well go for charter buses. They are economical and will take you around all the main attractions of Maine State.

If you are a person who loves to drive his way and enjoy the trivial aspects of the country side, you can always rent a car to experience the beautiful highways of Maine. You get the permit to enter certain roads at the entry itself. North Maine Woods is 3.5 million acres of forest land where most of the roads will merge. The greenery of the forest and the beautiful mountain passes will be well appreciated by the visitors. You are provided with a road transportation map which will tell you what kind of road you will be travelling.

Maine Department of Transportation

Organization

  • Bureau of Planning
  • Bureau of Maintenance and Operations
  • Office of Passenger Transportation
  • Office of Freight Transportation
  • Office of Communications
  • Bureau of Project Development
  • Capital Resource Management
  • Transportation Service Center
  • Environmental Office
  • Office of Legal Services and Internal Audit
  • Safety Office
  • Contract Procurement Office
  • Office of Engineering Quality and Oversight

Air Transport

One doesn’t have to worry if you have less time for travelling and more cities to visit. The air transport is available in all the cities and the frequency of flights is high. Most of the cities are interconnected with flights. Boston’s Logan airport, Portland International airport, Bangor International airport, Northern Maine Regional Airport, Augusta airport are some of the most popular airports in Maine.

Water Transportation in Maine

Being a coastal state, water transportation becomes a necessity. The fisher men and other industrial purposes depend a lot on the sea. For tourist to visit the small islands in the sea ferry services are provided. Bar Harbor Ferry, Cranberry Ferry, East Coast Ferry, Frenchboro Ferry are some of the ferry services which allow you to travel on sea. You have to find out the best service once you land on the coast itself and also the most economical. Every ferry service has a lot of interconnections with other harbors which will help you travel.

Railway Transportation in Maine

Two major railways in Maine are Maine Eastern Railroad and Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes railroad. Maine Eastern Railroad is one of the major touring transportation by which you can travel around places. As Europeans are the first to settle in this state, you will find the railroads more like the British standards. But in the recent past Maine has invested a lot in developing these railroads to 21st century standards making railway travelling more comfortable.

List of Maine Railroads

Common Freight Carriers in Maine

  • Eastern Maine Railway (EMRY)
  • Maine Eastern Railroad (MERR)
  • Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA)
  • New Hampshire Northcoast Corporation (NHN)
  • Pan Am Railways through subsidiary Springfield Terminal Railway (ST)
  • St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad (SLR)
  • Turners Island, LLC (TI)

Passenger Carriers in Maine

  • Amtrak (AMTK)
  • Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railway
  • Boothbay Railway Village
  • Downeast Scenic Railroad (DSRX)
  • Maine Eastern Railroad
  • Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum
  • Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
  • Seashore Trolley Museum
  • Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway

Defunct Railroads in Maine

Name Mark System From To Successor
Androscoggin Railroad   MEC 1848 1911 Maine Central Railroad
Androscoggin and Kennebec Railroad   MEC 1845 1862 Maine Central Railroad
Aroostook Northern Railroad   BAR 1897 1901 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Aroostook River Railroad   CP 1873 1989 N/A
Aroostook Valley Railroad AVL   1902 1996 N/A
Atlantic and North-West Railway   CP 1886 1994 Canadian American Railroad
Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad   CN 1845 1960 Canadian National Railway
Bangor and Aroostook Railroad BAR BAR 1891 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway
Bangor and Katahdin Iron Works Railway   BAR 1881 1901 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Bangor, Oldtown and Milford Railroad   MEC 1855 1870 European and North American Railway
Bangor and Orono Railroad   MEC 1847 1850 Penobscot Railroad
Bangor and Piscataquis Railroad   BAR 1861 1899 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Bangor and Piscataquis Canal and Railroad Company   MEC 1833 1855 Bangor, Oldtown and Milford Railroad
Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad BML MEC 1868 2001 N/A
Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railway   MEC 1867 1868 Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad
Boston and Maine Corporation BM B&M 1963    
Boston and Maine Railroad B&M, BM B&M 1844 1964 Boston and Maine Corporation
Bridgton and Harrison Railway     1927 1941 N/A
Bridgton and Saco River Railroad   MEC 1881 1930 Bridgton and Harrison Railway
Buckfield Branch Railroad   MEC 1847 1863 Portland and Oxford Central Railroad
Bucksport and Bangor Railroad   MEC 1873 1882 Eastern Maine Railway
Calais Railroad   MEC 1838 1849 Calais and Baring Railroad
Calais Railway   MEC 1832 1838 Calais Railroad
Calais and Baring Railroad   MEC 1849 1870 St. Croix and Penobscot Railroad
Canadian American Railroad CDAC   1994 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway
Canadian Atlantic Railway   CP 1988 1994 Canadian American Railroad, Eastern Maine Railway
Canadian National Railway CN CN 1923 1989 St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad
Canadian Pacific Railway CP CP 1886 1988 Canadian Atlantic Railway
Consolidated European and North American Railway   MEC 1872 1880 European and North American Railway
Dexter and Newport Railroad   MEC 1853 1939 Maine Central Railroad
Dexter and Piscataquis Railroad   MEC 1888 1939 Maine Central Railroad
Eastern Railroad   B&M 1847 1890 Boston and Maine Railroad
Eastern Maine Railway   MEC 1882 1936 Maine Central Railroad
European and North American Railway   MEC 1880 1955 Maine Central Railroad
European and North American Railway   MEC 1850 1872 Consolidated European and North American Railway
Eustis Railroad   MEC 1903 1911 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Fish River Railroad   BAR 1901 1903 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Franklin and Megantic Railroad   MEC 1884 1897 Franklin and Megantic Railway
Franklin and Megantic Railway   MEC 1897 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Franklin, Somerset and Kennebec Railway     1897 1901 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad
Georges Valley Railroad     1889 1919 Knox Railroad
Grand Trunk Railway GT CN 1853 1923 Canadian National Railway
Great Falls and South Berwick Branch Railroad   B&M 1841 1865 Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad
Houlton Branch Railroad   CP 1867 1989 N/A
International Railway of Maine   CP 1881 1886 Atlantic and North-West Railway
Kennebec Central Railroad     1889 1929 N/A
Kennebec and Portland Railroad   MEC 1836 1864 Portland and Kennebec Railroad
Kennebec Valley Railroad   MEC 1903 1904 Somerset Railway
Kennebec and Wiscasset Railroad     1854 1873 Wiscasset and Moosehead Lake Railroad
Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Railroad   B&M 1882 1919 Boston and Maine Railroad
Kingfield and Dead River Railroad   MEC 1893 1897 Kingfield and Dead River Railway
Kingfield and Dead River Railway   MEC 1897 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Knox Railroad     1919 1932 N/A
Knox and Lincoln Railroad   MEC 1864 1890 Penobscot Shore Line Railroad
Knox and Lincoln Railway   MEC 1891 1901 Maine Central Railroad
Leeds and Farmington Railroad   MEC 1865 1874 Maine Central Railroad
Lewiston and Auburn Railroad   CN 1872    
Lewy's Island Railroad   MEC 1854 1870 St. Croix and Penobscot Railroad
Lime Rock Railroad     1864 1942 N/A
Machiasport Railroad     1845 1872 Whitneyville and Machiasport Railroad
Madrid Railroad   MEC 1902 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Maine Central Railroad MEC MEC 1862    
Maine Coast Railroad MC   1990 2000 Safe Handling Rail, Inc.
Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts Railroad   B&M 1836 1844 Boston and Maine Railroad
Maine Shore Line Railroad   MEC 1881 1888 Maine Central Railroad
Monson Railroad     1885 1943 N/A
Monson and Athens Railroad     1881 1885 Monson Railroad
New Brunswick Railway   CP 1878 1890 Canadian Pacific Railway
New Brunswick and Canada Railway   CP 1870 1882 New Brunswick Railway
Northern Maine Seaport Railroad   BAR 1904 1919 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Norway Branch Railroad   CN 1879    
Oldtown and Lincoln Railroad   MEC 1852 1864 European and North American Railway
Orchard Beach Railroad   B&M 1876 1893 Boston and Maine Railroad
Palmer and Machiasport Railroad     1842 1845 Machiasport Railroad
Patten and Sherman Railroad   BAR 1895 1901 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Penobscot Railroad   MEC 1853 1863 European and North American Railway
Penobscot and Kennebec Railroad   MEC 1845 1862 Maine Central Railroad
Penobscot and Lake Megantic Railroad   CP 1871 1881 International Railway of Maine
Penobscot, Lincoln and Kennebec Railroad   MEC 1849 1864 Knox and Lincoln Railroad
Penobscot Shore Line Railroad   MEC 1889 1891 Knox and Lincoln Railway
Penobscot and Union River Railroad   MEC 1870 1873 Bucksport and Bangor Railroad
Phillips and Rangeley Railroad   MEC 1889 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Portland and Kennebec Railroad   MEC 1862 1874 Maine Central Railroad
Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad   MEC 1867 1887 Portland and Ogdensburg Railway
Portland and Ogdensburg Railway   MEC 1886 1943 Maine Central Railroad
Portland and Oxford Central Railroad   MEC 1857 1896 Portland and Rumford Falls Railway
Portland and Rochester Railroad   B&M 1864 1900 Boston and Maine Railroad
Portland and Rumford Falls Railroad   MEC 1907 1946 Maine Central Railroad
Portland and Rumford Falls Railway   MEC 1890 1946 Maine Central Railroad
Portland, Saco and Portsmouth Railroad   B&M 1837 1900 Boston and Maine Railroad
Portland Terminal Company PTM MEC 1911    
Portland Union Railway Station Company   MEC 1887 1911 Portland Terminal Company
Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad   B&M 1865 1890 Boston and Maine Railroad
Rangeley Lakes and Megantic Railroad   MEC 1909 1914 Maine Central Railroad
Rockport Railroad     1886 1896 N/A
Rumford Falls and Buckfield Railroad   MEC 1874 1896 Portland and Rumford Falls Railway
Rumford Falls and Rangeley Lakes Railroad   MEC 1894 1936 N/A
Safe Handling Rail, Inc.     2000 2003 Maine Eastern Railroad
St. Croix and Penobscot Railroad   MEC 1870 1899 Washington County Railroad
Sandy River Railroad   MEC 1879 1908 Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad
Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad   MEC 1908 1935 N/A
Sanford and Eastern Railroad     1949 1961 N/A
Schoodic Stream Railroad   BAR 1906 1907 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Sebasticook and Moosehead Railroad   MEC 1886 1910 Maine Central Railroad
Somerset Railroad   MEC 1860 1883 Somerset Railway
Somerset Railway   MEC 1904 1911 Maine Central Railroad
Somerset Railway   MEC 1883 1904 Kennebec Valley Railroad
Somerset and Kennebec Railroad   MEC 1848 1874 Maine Central Railroad
Van Buren Bridge Company VB BAR 1913 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway
Washington County Railroad   MEC 1893 1903 Washington County Railway
Washington County Railway   MEC 1903 1911 Maine Central Railroad
Waterville and Wiscasset Railroad     1895 1901 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad
Whitneyville and Machiasport Railroad     1872 1892 N/A
Wiscasset and Moosehead Lake Railroad     1873 1876 Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad
Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad     1876 1901 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad
Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad     1901 1906 Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway
Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway     1907 1933 N/A
York and Cumberland Railroad   B&M 1846 1865 Portland and Rochester Railroad
York Harbor and Beach Railroad   B&M 1883 1927 N/A

Private Carriers in Maine

  • Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad
  • Wild River Railroad

Passenger Carriers in Maine

  • Acadian Railway
  • Green Mountain Cog Railway

Electric in Maine

  • Androscoggin Electric Company
  • Aroostook Valley Railroad (AVL)
  • Atlantic Shore Railway
  • Atlantic Shore Line Railway
  • Auburn, Mechanic Falls and Norway Street Railway
  • Auburn and Turner Railroad
  • Augusta, Hallowell and Gardiner Railroad
  • Augusta and Waterville Railway
  • Augusta, Winthrop and Gardiner Railway
  • Bangor Railway and Electric Company
  • Bangor, Hampden and Winterport Railway
  • Bangor and Northern Railroad
  • Bangor, Orono and Old Town Railway
  • Bangor Street Railway
  • Bath Street Railway
  • Benton and Fairfield Railway
  • Biddeford and Saco Railroad
  • Brunswick Electric Railroad
  • Brunswick and Yarmouth Street Railway
  • Calais Street Railway
  • Camden and Rockport Street Railroad
  • Cumberland County Power and Light Company
  • Eliot Bridge Company
  • Fairfield and Shawmut Railway
  • Hampden and Winterport Railway
  • Hampden and Winterport Electric Railway and Light Company
  • Kittery and Eliot Street Railway
  • Lewiston and Auburn Horse Railroad
  • Lewiston, Augusta and Waterville Street Railway
  • Lewiston, Brunswick and Bath Street Railway
  • Lewiston, Winthrop and Augusta Street Railway
  • Mousam River Railroad
  • Norway and Paris Street Railway
  • Old Town Electric Company
  • Old Town, Orono and Veazie Railway
  • Old Town Street Railway
  • Portland Railroad
  • Portland and Brunswick Street Railway
  • Portland, Gray and Lewiston Railroad
  • Portland–Lewiston Interurban Railroad
  • Portsmouth, Dover and York Street Railway
  • Portsmouth, Kittery and York Street Railway
  • Public Works Company
  • Rockland, South Thomaston and Owls Head Railway
  • Rockland, South Thomaston and St. George Street Railway
  • Rockland Street Railway
  • Rockland, Thomaston and Camden Street Railway
  • Sanford and Cape Porpoise Railway
  • Skowhegan and Norridgewock Railway and Power Company
  • Somerset Traction Company
  • Thomaston Street Railway
  • Waterville and Fairfield Railroad
  • Waterville and Fairfield Railway and Light Company
  • Waterville, Fairfield and Oakland Railway
  • Waterville and Oakland Street Railway

Not Completed

  • Portland and Rutland Railroad
  • Portland, Rutland, Oswego and Chicago Railroad