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About the Plan

This is a picture of railroad tracksThe plan will include a comprehensive evaluation of Maine’s freight and passenger rail transportation system; its ownership, use, infrastructure, operations and maintenance; and its existing and potential effect on economic development.

The Plan will include:

  • An up-to-date evaluation of the existing rail infrastructure and how it is used
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of existing MaineDOT rail programs
  • Assessment of the rail system’s ability to meet current and future needs
  • Identification of possible rail transportation future trends and scenarios
  • Identification and evaluation of recommendations to guide future rail investments.

Information being gathered to develop the Plan includes:

  • Analysis of existing rail infrastructure and operations, including connectivity to rail systems in the United States and Canada
  • Inventory of rail facilities throughout the state
  • Inventory and analysis of freight and passenger marine, aviation, rail, and transit terminals; multimodal facilities; and gateways—taking into account the interaction between these transportation modes
  • Examination of the major ongoing and proposed rail initiatives in Maine
  • Identification of economic, environmental, land-use and other trends that potentially could impact rail services
  • Review of state and local rail transportation policies and regulatory considerations
  • Identification of current and future investment strategies for state and local governments, and private industry.

Study Outcome:

The final outcome of the plan will be a set of findings and recommendations based on an overview of the current and projected key issues facing the freight and passenger rail industries in Maine. The final report will include an implementation plan with highlighted action steps that identify responsibility, available funding sources, any legislative changes required, available resources and a proposed prioritization plan for each action item.

All information gathered as part of this planning process will be posted on this Web site, as will all findings and recommendations. Among other data, the public can expect to see:

  • Development of initial set of rail alternatives
  • Refinement and evaluation of alternatives
  • Preferred investment strategy
  • An executive summary of the plan

Findings and recommendations will also be available for the public to review and discuss via meetings in Portland and Bangor, scheduled for the Fall 2009.

This page last updated on 11/19/09