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.

lettersUPDATE:

Two recent letters in The Times Record encapsulate the dispute regarding the location of the Downeaster Maintenance Facility in Brunswick. Will MDOT and NNEPRA decide in favor or the Church/Standwood site or will an alternative be selected? A decision is on the horizon.

The letters:

For the Church/Standwood site

For an alternative site

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EARLIER:

Some 100 Brunswick residents attended a public forum on July 14th to continue discussions about the location of the Downeaster maintenance facility. MDOT & NNEPRA officials presented a list of three locations for the site, after eliminating two other locations as unsuitable. Many of those in attendance remain opposed to the original selection, between Church and Stanwood Streets, due to environmental and noise issues. That initial location is one of the three remaining options.

The 40,000 square foot shed will house the Downeaster trainsets overnight where light maintenance will be perrformed.

The Portland Press Herald has a full report.