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April 14, 2010

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AUGUSTA, Maine—Maine Gov. John Baldacci has signed an order creating a task force to help develop a plan for the state's possible purchase of a railroad line that's crucial to many Aroostook County industries.

Baldacci's order was signed Wednesday, two days after the Legislature sent to voters a bond package that includes $7 million for purchase and maintenance of about 240 miles of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway track, which is being abandoned.

The bond legislation also calls for creation of the task force, which will represent state and taxpayers' interests in the rail acquisition. Baldacci says the task Force will ensure that abandonment and acquisition process are done openly.

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