Transportation has always been the driver of any expanding economy.

With the flock to the cities, we still cannot get there from here in reasonable time. We should tax oil while it is low, sell bonds while interest rates are low and build an entirely new transportation system. Starting with high-speed, electric-light rail along the interstate corridors, spurs to Brunswick and Rockland, Ellsworth and Bar Harbor and so forth. The coastal communities should re-establish along the Route 1 corridor in southern Maine an inter-urban electric trolley/subway expanding where appropriate.

In rural Maine, our economic base is dependent upon products of the land/waters, light manufacturing and tourists.

In Europe, the transportation system brought back all the small towns with waves of tourists, and provided locals the ability work, study and obtain vast new opportunities.

This is the primary step to a 21st century Maine.

Bruce Clark, Clinton

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