News Brief

NNEPRA reports May ridership missed FY2017 target by 5%, due to loss of approximately 2,500 riders because of weekend curtailments and heat restrictions. May ridership was only 261 passengers below May of last year. FY2017 YTD ridership is 9% ahead of target. When the June numbers come in, FY2017 promises to be a very successful year. 

Here we go again - TNEMembers and Friends:

The House version of the Transportation Bill (HR 7) does NOT continue an important exemption on the use of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding which currently provides about 80% or $6M of the Downeaster's annual operating costs. 

We understand that the Senate bill is much more bipartisan and is the much more likely version to move forward this year. However, we must all reach out to our Senators directly in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts and ask them to support CMAQ funding in the Senate version.  The continued use of CMAQ funds for the operation of our Downeaster is critical.

You can reach the Capitol Switchboard by calling 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your member or use the numbers below.


Maine Delegation
Rep. Chellie Pingree - 202-225-6116
Rep. Michael Michaud - 202-225-6306
Senator Olympia Snowe - 202-224-5344
Senator Susan Collins - 202-224-2523

New Hampshire Delegation:                               
Rep. Frank Guinta - 202-225-5456
Rep. Charles Bass - 202-225-5206
Senator Kelly Ayotte - 202-224-3324
Senator Jeanne Shaheen - 202-224-2841

Massachusetts Delegation
Rep. John Olver - 202-225-5335
Rep. Michael Capuano - 202-225-5111
Rep. Barney Frank - 202-225-5931
Senator John Kerry - 202-224-2742
Senator Scott Brown - 202-224-4543

Thanks for whatever you can do.
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