Transportation officials plan to present the results of a study of passenger train service among Auburn, Bethel and Montreal on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

The state is looking at alternatives for passenger rail service to Western Maine. Results will be presented at two sessions. The first will be at 3 p.m. at the Bethel Inn Resort. The second will be at 7 p.m. later the same day at the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments office at 125 Manley Road in Auburn.

The study looks at three options for passenger service through L-A: rail service between Portland and L-A; rail service between L-A and Montreal, through Bethel; and bus service between Portland and L-A.

If costs and opportunity make sense, the next steps would include environmental studies, getting state and local permits and designing the railway. Proponents would apply for state and federal grants to pay for the designs and construction.

Additional details of the study can be found on the AVCOG website:

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