ROCKLAND, Maine — A nearly $600,000 improvement project at the Maine State Ferry Terminal is expected to be done this fall.
The project includes the installation of an automated ticketing system for the parking lot, according to Jeff Tweedie of the Maine Department of Transportation. Currently, motorists must go into the terminal and pay the parking fees before they leave. The automated system will allow them to use credit or debit cards at a machine as they exit the lot.
The project also calls for installation of a generator to allow the ramps — where vehicles and people board and disembark the ferries — to operate during power outages.
In addition, there will be changes to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the terminal building. A double set of doors will be built in the entrance to the lobby and ticketing area to improve energy efficiencies, Tweedie said.
The budget for the project is $593,750 with 80 percent being paid for by the federal government and 20 percent by the state.
Bids are expected to go out soon for the project.
The terminal building was constructed in the mid-1990s.