Sunday, September 27, 2009


"To adequately assess the biggest passenger rail market in Maine, the Maine
State Rail Plan must determine Portland metro commuter rail markets
radiating out along all of the existing rail corridors from Portland, South
Portland and Westbrook, and from that data the Rail Plan must create an
informed commuter transit vision."

Up coming Meetings of Interest

Upcoming meetings of interest :

Tuesday, September 29 from 6:00-8:00 pm: Public forum on the State Rail Plan at the Glickman Library, 7th floor, University of Southern Maine Portland campus.

Thursday, October 8, 6:00-8:00 pm: Public forum on the Gorham East West Corridor Study at the Gorham Municipal Office, 75 South Street (off of Route 114)

Tuesday, October 20, 8:30 am-12 noon: Workshop on the future of Maine’s international ocean and rail logistics capacities hosted by the Maine International Trade Center at the Glickman Library, 7th floor, University of Southern Maine Portland campus.

Wednesday October 28, 5:30-7:00 pm: Public forum on the Sebago to the Sea trail at Westbrook High School, 125 Stroudwater Street, Rm 114.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Editorials: Want more trains? Show up Tuesday

Let's give the Maine Department of Transportation an earful at the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday.
MDOT has not yet widely publicized the fact that it is currently spending eight months to plan the future of Maine's rail transportation system – the Maine State Rail Plan.
Well, Maine, unless you look forward to another 50 years complaining about being at the end of the line, you should come and tell the state how to modernize rail and get more efficient transportation for Maine people and products.
States to our south are restoring more rail service, and our Legislature has come to realize that Maine roads can no longer be kept in repair under the current gas tax funding arrangement.
Yet people out in Windham and beyond hope that MDOT will rebuild the narrow and dangerous River Road for their daily commutes in individual automobiles from rural serenity to the city.
But unused rail corridors stretch from Portland to Windham, Westbrook, Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth and other suburbs. Greater Portland can either clog up its communities with cars or restore rail service through these corridors like other U.S. metro areas are doing.
Whatever people's opinions, Maine's rail planning needs public input, not just analysis by a batch of "experts."
MDOT's public meeting for the Maine State Rail Plan happens Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Glickman Library's University Event Room on USM's Portland campus.
Be there, or stay stuck in traffic.
Gary Higginbottom

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