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TrainRiders Northeast brought the Downeaster to Portland, ME in 2001 and Brunswick ME in 2012. Our New Vision: An across the platform, Amtrak connection at Boston’s North Station, serving Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven & New York’s Penn Station. Our continued success depends on your donation. Use our PayPal button to help us reach this goal. Many thanks for your continued support. Wayne Davis, Chairman
Slow Growth of Public Transportation in Maine during Covid-19 Crisis
- Created: 10 October 2020 10 October 2020
The travel industry expected that public transportation ridership in Maine would increase moderately as the Corvid-19 virus receded. That hope has not been realized even though Maine has one of the lowest infection rates in the US.
The Portland Press Herald examined rail, bus and airline passenger numbers in the state since the virus became public enemy #1. As for the Downeaster, NNEPRA Executive Director Patricia Quinn said, “We’re still at 17 percent of what we would have been pre-COVID. That is pretty consistent with other Amtrak routes nationally.” The Downeaster continues to run roundtrips from Brunswick to Boston four times a day.
Amtrak instituted enhanced cleaning of the trains and stations when it returned to service. Masks, social distancing within the trains and efficient air recycling provide the safest public transportation service in the country. Here's an Amtrak video on the current safety protocols.