Traffic Counts

Traffic Counts and Volume

Traffic Monitoring  is responsible for the collection of all types of traffic data including traffic volume, vehicle classification, turning movements and special studies as requested by department employees.  The reporting of traffic volumes is accomplished through two distinct methods involving the Continuous Count and Coverage (i.e Short Term ) Count programs. The Continuous Count Program consists of 52 permanent recorder sites located throughout the state, monitoring traffic volumes 365 days per year on an hourly basis.

The Coverage Count Program divides the state into three zones; the southern/coastal area, the central band and the northern/eastern portions of the state.  Traffic count and vehicle classification data are collected for 24 hours using road tubes and adjusted to an Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) volume. 

The need for more extensive vehicle classification data by the department has brought about the development of a Permanent Classification Program.  Currently we have 11 sites collecting continuous classification data with plans to install roadway sensors and classifier equipment for 6 additional locations.

The Traffic Monitoring Section is also responsible for the publication of the Traffic Volume Counts Annual Report. 

Annual Traffic Count


    BACTS is the Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System. It is the organization designated by federal and Maine state government to carry out transportation planning in the Greater Bangor urbanized area. 

    What is the area covered?
    The BACTS area includes
    Bangor, Brewer,Veazie, and major portions of Hampden, Hermon, Orono,  Old Town, Milford, Bradley, Orrington and Penobscot Indian Nation. (see map)

    What does BACTS do?
    BACTS evaluates and approves proposed transportation improvement projects and facilitates communication between its member communities and state and federal transportation agencies. It provides opportunities for public participation in transportation planning, and funding decisions. It also sponsors and conducts studies to assist in the transportation planning process. 
    Who Runs BACTS?
    BACTS is governed by a policy committee and a technical committee. The members of these committees are drawn from municipal officials (both elected and appointed) of the member cities and towns, a member from Maine Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration.   In addition there are non-voting members on the policy committee representing the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Transportation Subcommittee. There is a staff of four; a director, a transportation planner, a technician and an office manager, with offices at 12 Acme Road in Brewer.