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. 

TrainRiders/NE took on an important responsibility last year as we joined NNEPRA in their battle against the NIMFYs (Not in My Freight Yard). Their toxic opposition threatened to sabotage the much-needed Brunswick Layover Facility.

Winter 2016 NL ImageWe became an 'intervenor' which allowed us to join the ongoing litigation before the Department of Environmental Protection and ultimately the Board of Environmental Protection. The so-called Brunswick West Neighborhood Coalition opposed the granting of a Storm Water Permit to NNEPRA. Without it, the facility could not be built. The state repeatedly overruled their objections and the lengthy legal dispute finally came to an end. We encourage you to read Counsel F. Bruce Sleeper's detailed summation in our newsletter - The Brunswick Challenge. Our legal bills topped $70,000. This effort is another example of why this organization is important to the improvement and expansion of passenger rail in the Northeast. Go here for the newsletter.