BANGOR – A bill sponsored by a Bangor senator would make it easier for folks to travel between the Queen City and Boston.
Senator Joe Baldacci’s legislation would fund a $300,000 feasibility study, exploring the possibility of extending passenger rail service from Brunswick to Bangor.
“Passenger rail is important in terms of connecting people, connecting the state, connecting our economy. It will be an economic boom for Bangor, and for eastern and northern Maine,” said Sen. Joe Baldacci, D-Bangor.
Baldacci said the initiative has been brought up before, in 2001 and in 2017, but was rejected both times.
He also said some are concerned about the costs and the work involved, but he says it’s worth it.
“I understand all that, but we need to talk about building a 21st Century economy,” said Sen. Baldacci. “We need to talk about building an economy that’s durable and resilient and that grows, and that’s going to take some work.”
Baldacci says the bill has support from a number of lawmakers.
It needs to be approved by the transportation committee before making its way to the full legislature.