Baldacci touts rail service expansion

Posted Jan. 31, 2010, at 10:17 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci is touting the benefits of extending passenger rail service 30 miles north from Portland to Brunswick.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, the governor said extending Amtrak’s Downeaster line will create hundreds of jobs and generate millions of dollars in economic development along the line. Maine received word this week it is receiving $35 million in federal stimulus funds for the project.

Baldacci said the extended rail service will help businesses grow, expand the region’s tourism trade and help communities be better connected.

The Downeaster has run between Portland and Boston since 2001. The Portland-to-Brunswick service could begin in early 2012.

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