Right To Know Leases.

I've never filed a 'right to know' request. Previously, I had considered filing one at the Business Finance Authority or BFA relative to the Balsam's bailout or whatever it's called. I'm still on the fence on this idea.

Well, of course this weekend I'm out railfanning and hear of another questionable, state contract.

This one would be for the state owned rail line from the ME/NH border through Crawford Notch to on or near Whitefield, N.H. This is the former Maine Central Mountain Subdivision that runs from So. Portland, Maine to St. Johnsbury, Vermont.Right To Know State Leases: Crawford Notch Rail Line.

I don't deal in rumors. But my sources tell me that the state is looking to lease operations on this segment of track to a freight rail operator and that the state did not advertise this lease, but instead "hand-picked" potential applicants and went from there. I haven't checked with anyone at the state about this, but if there is any truth to this rumor--something is wrong.

So I may be filing a right-to-know about this rail lease.