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.
National Train Day at Brunswick Station
'Build it and they will come' goes the saying - it was never more true than on Saturday, May 11th, when Brunswick Station was the site of Amtrak's celebration of National Train Day along the Downeaster route.
Five dollar fares along with free tours of the train itself brought hundreds of admirers to the attractive facility. First stop aboard the six-car trainset was the Cafe Car where free samples of Maine food products were eagerly consumed.
Parents had their children in tow as the 'real train' outside competed for attention with the model trains inside.
Amtrak's theme for the nationwide celebration was 'Trains Matter,' and on this day, who could argue?