- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants the federal government to review the process for choosing the location of a proposed layover and maintenance facility for the Amtrak Downeaster in Brunswick.

In a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration, LePage said citizens have raised concerns including potential environmental impacts. He says others question the potential economic benefits of the proposed site.

LePage says he’s committed to supporting projects like the redevelopment of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station “that will stimulate economic growth.” Advocates of putting the facility at the former Navy base say there would be no negative impact on residential neighborhoods there.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority’s proposed facility would provide overnight storage for passenger trains and rail passenger equipment.