Two submit bids to run Rockland to Brunswick rail line in Maine

August 14, 2015

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two proposals were submitted to the state to operate the railroad line that runs from Brunswick to Rockland.

The identities of the two bidders are not yet being released by the state. The deadline for bidders to submit proposals was Thursday.

Maine Eastern Railroad has run the line since 2003.

Maine Eastern Railroad carries freight year-round and a limited passenger excursion service during the summer. The company receives no state subsidy and is required to maintain the tracks.

Nathan Moulton, director of the rail program for the Maine Department of Transportation, said earlier this year that the requests for proposals were sought to determine what interest there is in continuing freight transportation and perhaps expanding passenger service on that stretch of line.

On Thursday, Moulton said two proposals were received. DOT spokesman Ted Talbot said no information about the proposals or who submitted them would be released until a contract is awarded.

Moulton said earlier this year that any regularly scheduled passenger service to connect Rockland to Brunswick would likely require a state subsidy to an operator. Moulton said the department wanted cost estimates from bidders on the amount of subsidy that would be needed.

Read the full story from Bangor Daily News staff writer Stephen Betts by clicking here.

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