Pas­sen­ger rail project would link Mon­treal to New York

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Staff

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the Amer­i­can news­pa­per just south of the bor­der, the Chron­i­cle, two de­vel­op­ers, one from Que­bec and the other from Maine, would like to start a rail pas­sen­ger ser­vice be­tween Mon­treal and New York which would pass through the Amer­i­can vil­lage of Is­land Pond. The de­vel­oper from Que­bec is Fran­cois Re­bello, a for­mer Parti Que­be­cois MNA who de­fected to the CAQ be­fore the last elec­tion, and was not re-elected. His Amer­i­can coun­ter­part is Richard Ben­nett, of Bid­de­ford, another for­mer politi­cian who was once a Maine state se­na­tor. The pair pre­sented their busi­ness pro­posal to Brighton select­men, in Is­land Pond, on Oc­to­ber 8th.

The ser­vice would run at night, go­ing no faster than 25 to 30 miles an hour, and link Mon­treal with New York by three dif­fer­ent routes. Us­ing ex­ist­ing rail lines, the project is ex­pected to cost about $1.5 mil­lion to get it up and run­ning. The de­vel­op­ers are hop­ing to get this money from small in­vestors who would like to put up $100,000 each.

The small vil­lage of Is­land Pond was the first Amer­i­can town to have an in­ter­na­tional rail­road.

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