Thursday, June 10, 2010

Maine voters approve rail bond referendum

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Maine voters have approved a bond issue to preserve 240 miles of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway from threatened abandonment by its owners.


“It's a new investment in a new system. It’s always been roads, roads, roads,” said Tony Donovan of the Maine Rail Transit Coalition. “In Aroostook County, central Maine, and western Maine, here’s a chance to look at a new alternative transportation system. It’s time to move in a new direction for rail transportation.”

The $47.8 million bond also contains funds for highway and marine purposes.

The abandonment case is in mediation at the Surface Transportation Board.