MDOT chief says Maine should expand port, rail capabilities

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff
Posted June 23, 2010, at 11:14 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Container shipping is a huge part of the global economy’s future and Maine could play a vital role in that future by expanding its port and rail capabilities, the state’s top transportation official said Wednesday.

Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Cole spoke at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce event about the potential for a container port facility in Searsport, combined with other investments in railroads, highways and border facilities. He said Bangor’s location and infrastructure make the city a prime intermodal location for shipping commerce.

As the state and the country try to climb out of a recession, Cole said the time is now to start thinking about some of these investments.

“You don’t wait until the recession is over or it will be too late,” he said. printed on July 20, 2017