WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced an $800,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to the Maine Department of Transportation. The funding will go toward continued planning and construction of the Acadia Gateway Center Intermodal Facility and the Acadia National Park Welcome Center. The intermodal facility will boost access to the Island Explorer transit system, a nationally recognized propane-powered bus system which has had a significant impact reducing the effects of congestion and pollution in Acadia National Park
"This grant will help ensure we have the resources we need to preserve the Acadia experience," said Michaud. "That means reducing congestion and ensuring we're interacting with the park in a way that is respectful of the environment. We have a responsibility to protect Acadia for the generations to come, and leveraging these types of federal investments is critical to doing so."
The Acadia National Park Improvement Act, a bill that Michaud authored, became law on May 8, 2008 as a part of S. 2739, the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008. Passage of the bill made important changes and updates to the statute controlling the operation of Acadia National Park. Among other provisions, the bill allows for additional federal participation and improvements to the Island Explorer bus system.