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Maine plans investments in freight and looks to serve paper/forest products companies

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Maine plans investments in freight and looks to serve paper/forest products companies

March 18, 2015 - 19:30
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PORTLAND, ME, March 11, 2015 (Sun Journal) -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 study and bills come at a time of big additions and changes to state railways, with the pending connection of Pan Am's tracks to the International Marine Terminal expected this summer, a lull in paper shipments with the mill closure in Bucksport and the operation of the Central Maine & Quebec Railway under new ownership.

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

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