SMPDC 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 and Dover-Rochester, New Hampshire urbanized areas. 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 York, Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, and Lebanon.
Title 6 - Complaint Process
- Please click here to see a description of the KACTS Complaint Process or here to view or download the Complaint Form.
KACTS is composed of the following voting members:
York, Kittery (2 members), Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, Lebanon (presently vacant) Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) One representative of public transportation providers in the area.
Maine Turnpike Authority
Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT)
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 service.
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.
In 2013, KACTS received a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to use a new online tool, INVEST, to update the Long Range Plan. INVEST is a voluntary online tool that can be used by municipalities, Regional Planning Commissions, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Department of Transportations to look at the sustainability of plans, projects and maintenance and operations. For more information about how KACTS used INVEST, visit our case study on the INVEST website.
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 2014 - 2017.
Copies of either document can also be obtained by contacting SMPDC (207) 324-2952 x 18 or
- Federal Transit Administration - Best Practices Procurement Manual
- Consultant General Conditions
- Approved KACTS UPWP 2014-2015
- Approved 2014-2040 Long Range Transportation Plan
- Transportation Improvement Program 2014-2015
- Title VI Update
- Public Involvement Procedure
- Traffic Incident Management Operating Guidelines
- KACTS Urbanized Area Data
- KACTS Urbanized Area - North
- KACTS Urbanized Area - South