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B&M could lose bean deliveries by train

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A federal board says the B&M Baked Beans plant will have to pay more to keep having beans delivered to its factory by train.

Once a month, one freight car brings dried beans to the B&M factory in Portland where they turn them into baked beans. The railway that delivers those beans says it's not profitable to keep doing that and now a federal transpiration board agrees.

This means unless B&M appeals the decision, no one will be using the 24 mile stretch of track that runs from Portland to Auburn.

Many groups are interested in using that 24 mile stretch of track. The Maine Rail Transit Coalition wants to turn it into passenger rail that would take people from Portland to Lewiston with stops in between.
Canadians by the way very much believe in Public transit we are about to start running a ferry from Nova Scotia to Portland. Believe me to people in Nova Scotia, knowing that they can come down here and step off the ferry and catch a train into the western mountains remain for excursion is very attractive, Tony Donovan  of the Maine Rail Transit Coalition.

If the state did want to create a passenger rail line the tracks would need to be upgraded, which could cost millions of dollars.