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Downeaster train will spur $7.2 billion in construction, says FRA head

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Maine has one of the most aggressive rail passenger rail programs in the country, and last week Federal Administrator Joe Szabo gave a compelling address about how that's helping Maine's economy: Tourism is one of Maine’s biggest industries. According to Carolann Oulette, Director of Maine’s Office of Tourism, more visitors come to Maine from Boston than any other location. Last week I visited Maine, where federal and state investments in the Downeaster service

Youth demand for automobiles on the wane

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Image: Wikicommons; Author: HallgrimssonProgressive Railroading's Julie Sneider had an interesting piece this week on the waning interest in automobiles on display among American youth: Americans’ love of driving had been increasing steadily from the end of World War II until early in the 21st century. But in 2011, the average American was driving 6 percent fewer miles than in 2004, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund and the