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Old 06-23-2010, 05:37 PM   #14
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Here is the latest in what is turning out to be a long saga. Somehow I suspect the "impasse" involves granting a new operator trackage rights over MMA to allow them to access another railroad.

A snip from today's Progressive Railroading:

STB moves ahead with public hearing on MMA's proposed abandonment
Earlier this year, the state of Maine and Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. (MMA) asked the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to extend its procedural schedule for the railroad’s line abandonment application. The state and MMA wanted to negotiate a resolution to the railroad’s plan to abandon 233 miles of track in Aroostook and Penobscot counties, and Maine's efforts to acquire the line and preserve rail service. But five days ago, the state and MMA notified the STB that their negotiations are at an impasse, so the board will proceed with plans to hold a public hearing on the case.
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