AUGUSTA — A bill that would fund a plan for bringing passenger rail service to Lewiston-Auburn is moving forward in the Maine Legislature.

Democratic Rep. Jared Golden’s bill was unanimously approved in the Democratic-controlled House last week and likely faces a final vote in the Republican-controlled Senate in the coming days.

The bill directs the Department of Transportation to conduct a $500,000 study and complete a plan for a commuter rail service between Portland and the Lewiston area.

Golden tells the Lewiston Sun Journal in a statement that he’s grateful for the support the bill has received.

It’s unclear whether Gov. Paul LePage would support the proposal. The Republican governor often opposes bills that mandate the state to study certain issues.

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