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.
The FRA Gives NNEPRA a Green Light to Proceed with the Brunswick Layover Facility
- Written by TRN Webmaster TRN Webmaster
- Published: 18 June 2014 18 June 2014
The Federal Railroad Agency, which has jurisdiction over U.S. railroad activities, issued its long-awaited review of the Brunswick Layover Facility's Environmental Assessment provided to the agency by NNEPRA. The FRA issued a FONSI (A Finding of No Significant Impact) which clears the way for construction to begin on the BLF. It will house three train sets just 0.6 miles from the Brunswick Station.
The West Brunswick Neigborhood Coalition had actively opposed the facility's location, along with several state officials, claiming it would have a significant negation impact on their community which is located next to a long-established freight yard. The FRA rejected that conclusion.
TrainRiders/NE Chairman Wayne Davis commented, " We always expected a FONSI because TNE followed the NNEPRA process from the very beginning and NNEPRA did everything by the book so there really couldn't have been any other ruling but a FONSI! Congratulations to NNEPRA's Executive Director Patricia Quinn and her outstanding staff."