Augusta – Senator Ron Collins (R-York) has been selected to serve as a member of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference (ERC) Transportation Policy Committee.

The Chair of the Maine Legislature’s Transportation Committee, Senator Collins has long been active in transportation policy and an advocate for more reliable funding for transportation projects.

“The transportation infrastructure of Maine, and the entire northeast, is crucial for a strong economy,” said Senator Collins. “I am pleased to be able to work with my colleagues from other states on this committee to improve our transportation policy.”

The committee’s activities include advocating for needed investments to improve efficiency at U.S. and Canadian border crossings, promoting continued investment in intercity passenger rail, focusing on financing trends and legislation related to financing the region’s infrastructure, submitting letters and testimony to Congress and key federal government officials in support of ERC priority policies and resolutions, and, working on the reauthorization and full funding of the U.S. Federal Surface Transportation Law in support of all modes of transportation.

Senator Collins is currently serving his third term in the Maine Senate, having served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives. In addition to serving as the Chair of the Transportation Committee, he is a member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.

Senator Ron Collins Encourages Citizens to Attend Local Department of Transportation Meeting

Augusta – Senator Ron Collins (R-York) is encouraging his constituents to attend a March 31st meeting in York hosted by the Maine Department of Transportation.

 The Maine Department of Transportation is looking to “Talk Transportation” and seeks public input regarding any and all types of transportation issues during a series of public meetings throughout the state in February, March and April.

“Maine’s transportation policy affects every citizen directly,” said Senator Collins, who serves as Chair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee. “The Department of Transportation wants to hear from those they serve, and I encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss infrastructure issues.”

On March 31st, area citizens will have two opportunities to share their thoughts. One meeting will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM and another from 6:00-8:00 PM; both will be held at the York Hospital’s Henry Warner Building.

Input from the meetings will help MaineDOT understand the needs of the public and various stakeholders to help the Department formulate its Long-Range Transportation Needs Assessment. The Long-Range Transportation Needs Assessment documents anticipated transportation system needs for the next 20 years, with particular emphasis on the next 10 years. Public input is an important part of this long-range transportation planning process. The meetings will also allow for the Department to inform the public about its activities and programs while obtaining information regarding any immediate concerns or needs from the participants.

Senator Ron Collins to Chair Maine Legislature’s Transportation Committee

AUGUSTA – Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) has announced that Senator Ron Collins (R-York) will serve as chair of the Maine Legislature’s Transportation Committee during the 127th Legislature.

Senator Collins is serving his third term in the Maine Senate and was previously a member of the Maine House of Representatives.

“I am proud of the work we have done on the Transportation Committee and look forward to being chair,” Senator Collins said. “Over the past few years, we have made remarkable progress in upgrading Maine’s roads and bridges, but that work is never done. Maintaining our infrastructure is key to making Maine’s economy strong.”

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot) said, “It is reassuring to know that Senator Collins will once again be on the Transportation Committee and serving as its chair for the next two years. With his fiscal discipline, Ron has been a leader in prioritizing work on our highway system and secondary roads, and staying on budget.  I expect that to continue during the 127th Legislature with his leadership.

In addition to the Transportation Committee, Senator Collins will also be a member of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.

Senator Ron Collins represents Maine Senate District 34 which includes communities in York County.