Today Congresswoman Chellie Pingree offered her support for Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter's proposal to restore ferry service between the province and Portland.
"Like so many Mainers, I was disappointed to see the CAT ferry end service to Maine in 2009. For the first time in decades we've been without that critical connection between the two sides of the Gulf of Maine--and I think we've both felt that loss," said Pingree. "I'm excited about Premier Dexter's plan to restore the service and I think it will have an important impact on the local economy."
After a Canadian report recommended that Portland would be the best connection for a ferry between New England and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Premier Dexter committed last week to find a new operator and subsidize theservice with $21 million over seven years.
"Portland is more than ready to welcome the ferry back. Over the last three years, the city has put itself in an even better position to accommodate the service," said Pingree. "Critical investments have been made to its harbor--including at Ocean Gateway and the International Marine Terminal--to serve both passengers and freight coming across on the ferry. The expanded Downeaster line and beautiful new airport terminal has solidified Portland as a regional transportation hub. Plus, the city is becoming more and more popular as a destination. We have all the ingredients to make this line successful."