Quick Note: Train Host Program
TrainRiders/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.
Downeaster Ridership Continues Its Upward Climb!
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.
- 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