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This week in the Phoenix: Trains and automobiles

In this week's Phoenix, I take a stab at elucidating exactly what's going on with rail developments in this part of the state. One thing that I neglected to mention is that in addition to the proposals that would extend rail service northward from Portland, through Brunswick, and up to Rockland, there is another germinating idea that would take rail travelers up from Portland, through Auburn, and ultimately up to Montreal.

Since the story went to press, I've gotten several news releases from groups that plan to attend next Tuesday's PACTS hearing, where the High-Priority Projects Committee will hear public comment on potential projects, such as widening I-295, or increasing money for public transportation. Environment Maine and Maine PIRG, along with area college students, are planning a 6 p.m. rally at the Metro Pulse (Congress and Elm) before the hearing, and then a group bus ride to the Clarion Hotel on Outer Congress Street, where the hearing will begin at 7 p.m. They plan to advocate for more public transport, and fewer highway-heavy projects.

**UPDATE: Now the League's got a petition too.

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