Maine State Rail Plan

Maine State Rail Plan

Focus

MaineDOT recognizes that freight and passenger rail service is an important element of the state's transportation network. Rail links Maine to the national and international economies, provides safe and efficient movement of people and goods, while minimizing transportation related fuel consumption and air pollutions impacts. The 2014 Maine State Rail Plan (MSRP) is a multi-year guide for focusing federal, state and local investments on a rail system that supports the vision, goals, and objectives of this plan.

The 2022 rail plan update will be developed within a framework for state rail plans established by federal legislation and supporting guidance. It further includes an additional task mandated by Maine's 2021 legislative session, an analysis of the rail to trail or rail with trail conversions for certain state-owned rail assets that are currently dormant.

Schedule

The 2022 Rail Plan update was formally kicked-off in October of 2021. The study team will conduct stakeholder interviews in January and February of 2022 and will host public meetings in March and October. The initial Rail Advisory Committee (RAC) occurred on December 13, 2021. Additional meetings of the RAC are scheduled for June and October of 2022. The final Plan will be available in December of 2022.