JOINING FORCES FOR A GREENER, MORE CONVENIENT COMMUTE
Portland West Rail+Trail Alliance (PWR Alliance) is a coalition of individuals and businesses that support creating a commuter rail line and paved pedestrian trail from downtown Portland to downtown Westbrook. As the Greater Portland area grows, both in terms of year-round population and as a tourism destination, a commuter rail-with-trail line is one of several public transportation and infrastructure solutions that, working in concert with one another, can make it easier to get in and out of the city and explore the surrounding areas.
A commuter rail service could be created by bringing existing unused tracks back into service, and adding two new terminal stations — one on Commercial Street in Portland near the Casco Bay Bridge and one on Main Street in Westbrook, either adjacent to the existing Stockhouse Station restaurant or across the street. Two intermediate stations would also be created — one at the Portland Transportation Center (Thompson’s Point) and another at Rock Row, with the possibility of adding up to three additional stops in the future. Continuing to expand the line westward along existing tracks (which run through Gorham, the lakes region, and beyond) would be another natural next phase.
Rolling parallel trail plans into the commuter rail planning process would be an affordable and efficient way for Portland and Westbrook to apply for Federal funds that are already designated specifically for railroad corridor trails. When completed, the trail would connect Portland’s West end with Westbrook and the Sebago to the Sea trail beyond.
PWR ALLIANCE MEMBERS
The following businesses and organizations lend their support to the Portland-to-Westbrook commuter rail+trail initiative:
Are you an individual or business owner who would support and/or use a daily commuter rail service from Portland to the west, using existing tracks, and incorporating a paved pedestrian trail? Contact us to learn how you can join the PWR Alliance and give this idea the community support it will need. Do you have questions or concerns? We'd love to hear those, too - we need to consider all angles in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Either way, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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