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. 

NarpNE15The National Association of Railroad Passengers is holding its New England Membership Meeting on Saturday, March 14th from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Holloway Commons-UNH, 75 Main Street,  in Durham, NH.

The principal speaker will be Jim Mathews, the President and CEO of NARP. Among his topics will be the reauthorization of Amtrak. (The House passed legislation today to authorize nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak. The bill now goes to the Senate.) Council Members will report on rail happenings across New England. The deadline for discount reservations is this Saturday.

TrainRiders/NE's Chairman Wayne Davis will host the meeting and report on the Downeaster's continued efforts to build the layover facility in the Brunswick freight yard. Click here for more information.