PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Rail officials are preparing contingencies in the event Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway stops service following a disaster that claimed 47 lives in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, about 10 miles north of the Maine border.
Nathan Moulton, rail director for the Maine Department of Transportation, said he’s making no predictions about the rail company’s future but that he’d be remiss if he didn’t have a contingency plan in the event it ceases operations.
Moulton said staff attorneys have looked into how service would continue either through a bankruptcy court trustee or through an alternative service directed by the Surface Transportation Board.
The Maine-based rail line had no immediate comment Tuesday. The company has laid off workers because of the July 6 derailment and fire but is continuing operations on other routes.