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Ouellette rpo2012
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Ouellette rpo2012

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Alain Ouellette, of the Northern Maine Development Commission, at the 2012 National Rural Transportation Conference.

Alain Ouellette, of the Northern Maine Development Commission, at the 2012 National Rural Transportation Conference.

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  • 1. The “why”, “when” and the “how”… Alain Ouellette, NMDC
  • 2. Industrial Rail in Aroostook County•1891-1995: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad: (Potatoes & Wood Products)•1995-2002: Iron Road Railways (Paper & Wood Products)•2003-2011: Montreal Maine & Atlantic
  • 3. Some Facts• Abandonment process August 14th 2009•233 official miles, up to ~280 includingspurs•80%-90% of the volume shipped is Forestproducts in various forms•Note: County had already lost +160 milesbetween BAR & AVRR (ATV Trails)
  • 4. Affected businesses: Fraser Paper (Twin Rivers) Fraser Timber Irving Woodlands LLC PIIC Portage Wood Products FRG McCain Foods Lane Construction Dead River Oil Moose River Lumber MPG Maine Woods Co, Cavendish Agri-Services One Steel Maine Public Service Gardner Chip Plant Huber Engineered Woods Seven Islands Lew Rioux Columbia Forest Products Louisiana Pacific Tate & Lyle Domtar Old Town Fuel & Fiber1726 jobs threatened in “The County” 766 direct + 960 indirect
  • 5. Immediate Involvement by NMDCContacts initiated to assess shipper concernsFall-Winter 2009• Meetings in DC• State hires Railroad Industries Inc.• Interviews between RII and shippers
  • 6. Winter/Spring 2010-State bills worked on in Augusta-MM&A-Railroad Industries Inc Report released: “…the line is viable, but it will need work…”-the role of Maine’s Congressional Delegation…
  • 7. Spring/Summer 2010• MM&A officially files for the abandonment• $18 million dollar bond to purchase the rails passes•NMDC Shipper Meetings•-10.5 million TIGER II application filed by MDOT
  • 8. Summer-Fall-Winter 2010• STB hearing•Negotiations …•Deal reached for 20.1 million, 18 million bond, 1 million private + loan “clawback”•STB abandonment is dropped•Filing of $10.5 million TIGER II grant successful-Deal signed January 2011 under new State administration
  • 9. 2011 and to date…•Request for Proposals for Operator•TIGER funds are obligated•Respondents Rail America Eastern Maine Railways Patriot Rail Myles Group Pan Am•Final selection was EMR•Average speed from 15-35mph•100 cpw to 300cpw…
  • 10.  “We are NOT going to lose this rail!” Ryan Bushey, Louisiana Pacific “Engage our shippers and keep them involved throughout the process” Robert Clark, Executive Director, NMDC “Begin your background work early…” Dave Cole, Commissioner MDOT Don’t let the bastards get you down…” Nate Moulton, MDOT Rail Program

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