Quick Note: Train Host Program

signalTrainRiders/NE Train Hosts serve as goodwill ambassadors onboard the Downeaster to assist passengers with information; assist train crews in duties as requested by them; and promote rail safety.

As a volunteer, you'll travel between Maine and Boston conversing with passengers along the way.

Click on "Host Program" in the above menu for more information.

NNEPRA Board Meeting - Downeaster Performance Report

  • Actual August, 2011 - 50,825
  • Actual August, 2010 - 48,841
  • FY2012 Year to date - 101,904
  • FY2011 Year to date -   96,014

August 2011 City Pair Ridership

  • Portland-Boston 16,459 or 32% of total
  • Exeter- Boston 7,016 or 14% of total
  • Durham-Boston 2,457 or 5% of total
  • Wells-Boston 5,583 or 11% of total
  • Saco-Boston 3,576 or 7% of total
  • Dover-Boston 3,859 or 8% of total
  • Haverhill-Boston 1,975 or 4% of total
  • Boston-OOBeach 2,607 or 5% of total

On Time Performance overall = 43.40% The tragic North Berwick accident reduced speed to 10 mph for several miles for several weeks.

Downeaster Extension 

  • Nearly all the CWR has been installed
  • Welding is underway - 128 welds out of 300 or so have been done to date will continue as weather permits
  • 31,300 ties are being replaced - began Sept 20th - will finish this year - 8000 installed to date - (12 to 15 hundred per day is possible)
  • Lowlevel portion of Freeport platforms concrete poured, High Level pilings installed.  36 crossings between Portland and Brunswick  - 23 completed
  • 23 culvert replacements underway - 9 done to date and 2 of 3 original stone arch supports are being restored.  Will work as weather permits and finish next spring
  • AND Startup of service to Freeport and Brunswick projected for November 2012