Monday, January 17, 2011

Maine to take control of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Lines

Maine to take control of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic lines today 1/14/11 - TRAINS Magazine Newswire

BANGOR, Maine — The state of Maine was to take control today of 233 miles of track that Montreal, Maine & Atlantic had attempted to abandon, Mainebiz has reported. The closing price was $19.1 million.

MM&A had proposed closing the lines, which stretch from Millinocket to Madawaska and include several branches, following closings and cutbacks at several major industries. The shippers that remained active challenged the abandonment, but the Surface Transportation Board approved it last month.

In response, the state will purchase the lines in order to preserve rail service. MM&A will continue operating the lines temporarily, but the state has requested other companies offer bids on an operations contract. The deadline is set for the end of this month, and Mark Latti, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Transportation, said the state has received “numerous inquiries.”

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