News Brief

NNEPRA reports May ridership missed FY2017 target by 5%, due to loss of approximately 2,500 riders because of weekend curtailments and heat restrictions. May ridership was only 261 passengers below May of last year. FY2017 YTD ridership is 9% ahead of target. When the June numbers come in, FY2017 promises to be a very successful year. 

As NNERPA Executive Director Patricia Quinn put it, "Aprl was not a good month."


First, there were two weekend Shawsheen River Bridge reconstruction outages, meaning that the Downeaster could not bring passengers to or from Boston, and then the Boston Marathon bombings closed North Station to all train traffic - frustrating NNEPRA, Amtrak and passengers alike.

The numbers on ridership and revenue reflect those unusual events. However, the Downeaster will be 'back on track' for the month of May as ridership, according to Ms. Quinn, is already ahead of last May by 2,400.


Despite the difficulties encountered in April, the fiscal year to date remains ahead of last year.

Brunswick Layover Facility

Ms. Quinn hopes to hold a public hearing in July on the facility's about-to-be-completed Environmental Assessment Study.

BikeShare Program

There will be 10 new rental bikes available at the Portland Transportation Center.  24-hour rental will cost $20, all done via the rider's cell phone.

Reel Video Contest

You can help NNEPRA select a winner in their amateur video contest by casting your vote. Just go here.
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