Headquartered in Augusta, the Maine Better Transportation Association promotes the value of a strong infrastructure. Focusing on improving and maintaining an efficient transportation system, this organization has aided the state’s citizens since 1939. Called the Maine Good Roads Association until 1983, it originally concerned itself with ensuring that public money went towards highway and bridge development. Over the past 75 years, it expanded its mission to support the state’s transit system, ports, airports, railways, and pedestrian facilities.

With a regular presence in the state’s legislature, the Maine Better Transportation Association is credited with numerous accomplishments over the past decade. In 2008, it contributed to the passage of LD 2313, which provided $160 million over four years for bridge reconstruction. The previous year, it helped draft a measure that planned for the future of Maine’s transportation system. Additionally, the Maine Better Transportation Association successfully campaigned during bond referendums, and garnered hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure repair.

About the Author: Involved in the construction industry for over three decades, Herbert R. Sargent has served as the President of his own Stillwater, Maine, firm since 1991. Active in his community, Sargent performed as President of Maine Better Transportation Authority, and still holds a seat on its Board.