No Amtrak Service to Rockland This Year
Rockland Extension: At today's NNEPRA Board Meeting in Portland, Executive Director Patricia Quinn informed those present that Amtrak is unable to perform the required risk-assessment of the Rockland branch this year due to the need to assess all their existing routes because of PTC and 'dark territory' issues. Brunswick to Rockland would be a new route.
Ms. Quinn pledged to work closely with Amtrak so that a "more robust" proposal for Midcoast service can be accomplished next year.
Performance Report: In FY2018, ridership to date is 369,771 which is 31,400 more than the same period in FY2017. Revenue is $6,848,062 which is $1,154,181 more than the same period in FY2017. Ms. Quinn says that the dramatic increase is a result of more passengers traveling further distances, fare increases and the elimination of several discount fares by Amtrak. Overall customer satisfaction is 89 for the Downeaster and 85 for Amtrak. On-time performance percentage for February is 76%
Lewiston-August Proposed Service: Two workshops will be held this week, one in Portland (tomorrow at 4:30 in Room 24 of the City Hall) and the other in Lewiston (Wednesday at 4:30 in Callahan Hall of the Lewiston Public Library). Ms.Quinn encouraged public input on the viability of such service.
Kennebunk Downeaster Stop: NNEPRA is awaiting final word from the town as to whether it will decide to create a seasonal facility that would serve Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. Another option would be to re-brand the Wells station as Wells-Kennebunk. Discussions between the two towns are underway.