17-229 C.M.R. ch. 500, § 01 - Continued Operation Required by the Economic Wellbeing of the State of Maine

Current through 2022-14, April 6, 2022

The Maine Department of Transportation will make a preliminary judgment that the economic well-being of the State of Maine or a significant portion thereof will be impaired by the discontinuance of rail service over the railroad line or lines that have been authorized for abandonment by the Interstate Commerce Commission. Such determination shall include but not necessarily limited to:

A. Cost of subsidizing continued service compared with the additional costs incurred by users of the rail service and the cost of the loss of rail service to the communities directly served.
B. That the rail users or the communities served or the State, as the case may be, have indicated a willingness to provide the funds necessary to match available federal funds to insure continued operation.
C. When the line involved is the only reasonable rail access to a major area of the State and the present and future development needs of the area would be unduly restricted in the absence of rail service.

A notice of the determination that the public well-being requires continued operation will have been served when the State files an offer of financial assistance with the Railroad and the Interstate Commerce Commission in accordance with the rules of that agency.

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