Maine DOT proposes investing $125 million in passenger and freight rail

March 12, 2015

Lawmakers and rail enthusiasts spent Tuesday pushing legislation that would make it easier to expand passenger train service from Portland to Lewiston-Auburn, but the Maine Department of Transportation has a bigger plan.

The Maine DOT’s draft plan sets out goals for $125 million in passenger rail investments between 2014 and 2019 — mostly using federal funds — and a range of other projects proposed to boost freight rail service…

The big picture calls for broad investment, some with unknown costs. For passenger rail, studying a Portland-Auburn extension is one part of a suggested effort to preserve existing rail corridors in anticipation of future transit needs, including long-term investments to study the possibility of commuter rail service in Greater Portland and an intercity rail service, extending Amtrak’s Downeaster from Portland to Montreal…

the rest of the story in the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, 11 March 2015.

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