Letter: Rail advocate clarifies long-term goal

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I’ve just seen Edgar Allen Beem’s piece “Riding the rails” and I believe he misunderstood my emphasis on one point. He writes, referring to me, that “… His own new vision is for a second passenger line out of Maine through Worcester and Providence to New York City, etc.”

A through train between Portland and New York over the original State of Maine Express has been part of TrainRiders/Northeast’s original goals and objectives created by its board of directors in 1989. It is not a new idea and certainly not my “… own new vision … .” I do remember saying to Mr. Beem that “personally I’d like to see that goal completed before I move on …,” but to refer to it as a new idea and my own personal idea is simply not correct.

Wayne E. Davis, chairman