Amtrak Downeaster may expand for the summer


The Amtrak Downeaster, which currently runs from Boston to Brunswick, could go as far north as Rockland this summer if the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) approves a pilot program in March. NNERPA wants to ensure that Maine communities will be active Amtrak partners before it finalizes the service, the Maine Free Press reported last week.

The program would include additional stops in Bath, Wiscasset, Newcastle and Rockland. NNEPRA is currently holding forums in each of these towns. The Downeaster would use existing railroads that primarily carry freight trains.

The summer expansion would mainly target tourists coming up from Boston. Maine Eastern Railroad previously ran a summer service between Brunswick and Rockland but ended it in 2015, according to U.S. News.

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