Meeting set on rail-service alternatives
A meeting to present preliminary alternatives developed for central and western Maine’s Passenger Rail Feasibility Study will take place Monday, Nov. 29 at the Bethel Inn.
In September about 70 people turned out at the inn for an initial presentation by Maine Department of Transportation and Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments on the potential for bringing passenger rail service from Portland through Lewiston-Auburn, Bethel and possibly on to Montreal. The session also gathered input from area residents about support for the proposal. Many spoke in favor.
The consultants doing the study planned to incorporate that and other information into alternatives for rail service. The study was expected to look at such topics as ridership potential, costs, options for possible station stops and needed rail upgrades.
If extending the service is deemed feasible, the work would progress to environmental analyses, permitting, design, securing funding (likely from the federal government), equipment procurement and construction.
Monday’s meeting begins at 3 p.m. in the Gibson Room. The meeting format will include a formal presentation, followed by an opportunity for public comment.