Maine Amtrak route extension construction to start

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine say work could begin this summer on a project to upgrade 30 miles of railroad between Portland and Brunswick.

The work will make it possible to extend the Amtrak Downeaster passenger train from Portland to Brunswick in 2012.

The Portland Press Herald says officials in Brunswick feel the arrival of the train will be a boost to the community because it will follow the closing of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority recently won a $35 million federal award to replace track and upgrade the rail bed between Portland and Brunswick.

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Authority Executive Director Patricia Quinn says construction would create 200 jobs.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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