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  • $650,000 in grants for airports in Biddeford, Brunswick, Sanford, and Wiscasset

    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that airports in Biddeford, Brunswick, Sanford, and Wiscasset would receive a total of $652,802 in federal grants from the Federal Aviation Administration.

    “Airports in these communities are critical pieces of Maine’s transportation infrastructure,” said Pingree. “I’m glad this federal investment will help them make improvements and purchase the equipment theyneed to ensure safe and efficient operations.”

    Funding amounts and project descriptions are below.


    $191,212 to Biddeford Municipal Airport to study environmental impacts related to removing obstructions on the approach to one of its runways.


    $150,000 to Brunswick Executive Airport to seal cracks and ensure the integrity of multiple taxiways and one runway.


    $211,590 to Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport to acquire a snow removal vehicle with plow attachment.


    $100,000 to Wiscasset Airport to acquire a snow removal vehicle with plow attachment.

  • Rep. Dunphy sponsors bill to bring passenger rail back to Bangor, Maine

     Thanks to a bill from Rep. Michelle Dunphy, D-Old Town, Bangor could be a step closer to bringing passenger rail back to the city. 

    “Expanding rail service represents a unique economic opportunity for our part of the state,” said Dunphy.  “Passenger rail is fuel efficient, relieves pressure on our roads and provides an affordable alternative for commuters and visitors alike.”

    The measure directs the Maine Department of Transportation to analyze the cost and feasibility of extending passenger rail service to Bangor. 

    "Bangor, as the hub for eastern and northern Maine needs to be apart of the rail line if this is truly going to be accessible to most Mainers," said Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci.

    The department’s study would look at the condition of existing rail lines in the area, the possibility of accessing federal and other funding, the potential economic benefits and other aspects of expansion.

    “By bringing passenger rail back to the Bangor area, we would enhance our local economy by improving connections between communities across Maine and beyond,” said Rep. Arthur “Archie” Verow, D-Brewer, a cosponsor of the measure and member of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee who has championed the expansion of passenger rail.

    In November 2012, the Amtrak Downeaster expanded passenger rail service from Portland to Freeport and Brunswick.  According to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, the extended route had exceeded projected ridership by roughly 50 percent.  The most common trips taken on the Downeaster are for vacation travel or to events, representing about half of passengers, followed by business travel, commuting and visiting friends and relatives.

    Dunphy’s measure also has the support of members of the Bangor legislative delegation and other lawmakers in the region.

    The bill, LD 1174, has been referred to the Committee on Transportation.  It will be scheduled for a public hearing in the coming weeks.

    Dunphy is serving her first term in the Maine House.  She is a member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and represents Old Town and Penobscot Indian Island.

    Verow is serving his second term in the Maine House.  He represents most of Brewer.