The Bureau of Project Development is a part of the Maine Department of Transportation, which works for the development and maintenance of highways, bridges, airports, aeronautics and ports, as well as marine activities. Established in 1972, the Maine Department of Transportation is also responsible for ferry service, railroads, public transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The department operates through various bureaus and offices, including the Bureau of Planning, Bureau of Maintenance and Operations, Office of Passenger Transportation and Office of Freight Transportation. The department s Bureau of Project Development is responsible for completing construction projects. It operates through several program units that perform various tasks, including advertising for bids and other work and obtaining legal title of property on which transportation department plans to build projects. The Bureau of Project Development creates the actual engineering design for the project, conducts public meetings to discuss design and supervises the actual construction of the proposed project.