Newly formed Midcoast Railservice (“MCRI”) became lessee-operator of Maine Department of Transportation’s 57-mile Rockland Branch rail corridor on August 1, 2022. The wholly owned subsidiary of New York’s well-known Finger Lakes Railway intends to revitalize the underutilized line as a “Coastal Route 2” alternative to narrow parallel highway US 1.
Freight service is coordinated with new connecting carrier CSX Transportation, which offers direct access to industrial customers in 23 states and two provinces, including 40 marine and inland ports. This system restructuring should create more cost-effective options for traffic to and from Maine now moving primarily by highway.
Our cooperative public-private mission with the state is to relieve highway traffic in an environmentally preferable manner. Rail transportation is more fuel-efficient than trucking, has a much smaller carbon footprint, is far less labor-intensive, and does not suffer from driver shortages. Many in-state businesses have become routinely accustomed to dealing with truckers and overlook possible rail alternatives for products like automobiles, fertilizer, fuel, lumber, pipe, scrap and trash. Give us an opportunity to be competitive on your longer-distance highway traffic.
The Brunswick-Rockland route affords freight access to several communities serving as commercial centers for seven ocean peninsulas and as seasonal tourist destinations. The parties also contemplate testing passenger services appropriate to that market, as the subject line connects with the Brunswick terminus of Amtrak’s “Downeaster” as well as local public transportation. For current schedule and fare information, please refer to companion website www.coastlinerexcursions.com.
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MCRI is searching for newcomers with proven character, ability and attitude who really want to be railroaders. We need enthusiastic team players who spend their time productively, interact comfortably with co-workers, and perform effectively for our fans – the customers.
Midcoast Railservice, 239 Park St, Rockland, ME 04841