SMRPC provides primary staff
support to the Kittery Area Comprehensive Transportation System (KACTS)
which is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Maine
portion of the Portsmouth-Dover-Rochester, New Hampshire urbanized area.
An MPO is a committee, along with support staff, responsible for planning
and programming Federally funded transportation projects within a designated
"Metropolitan Area." In the case of the KACTS MPO, this area
includes Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, and Lebanon.
KACTS is composed of the
following voting members:
Kittery (2 members), Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, Lebanon (presently
Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission (SMRPC)
One representative of public transportation providers in the area
Maine Turnpike Authority
Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT)
The KACTS Committee has been
in existence since 1982, and receives a biennial allocation of funding
for the purpose of programming a variety of transportation projects
in the area, from sidewalks to roadway reconstruction to public transportation
The Kittery Area Comprehensive
Transportation System Committee (KACTS) is required by Federal law to
develop both a Long-Range Transportation Plan and a Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP). The Long-Range Plan is primarily a policy document which
includes an assessment of the current transportation systems, and contains
goals, objectives, and strategies to improve and enhance these systems.
The Committee revisits and updates this Plan every four years. The latest
Long-Range Transportation Plan was approved by the KACTS Committee on
September 9, 2010. Click
here to view the technical update to the plan.
The Transportation Improvement
Program (TIP) is a program of specific transportation projects to be
completed over the next four years. These projects are developed by
the municipalities, public transportation providers, and MDOT, and must
be consistent with the Transportation Plan. The KACTS Committee reviews
project proposals, and selects projects to be included in the TIP. The
Transportation Improvement Program document for projects for fiscal
years 2012 - 2015.
Copies of either document
can also be obtained by contacting SMRPC (207-324-2952) or Tom