Passenger rail project would link Montreal to New York
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.