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. 

waynebostonThe Boston Downtown North Association, part of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, passed on Tuesday a TrainRiders/NE resolution supporting the Amtrak Downeaster.

Wayne Davis, Chairman of TrainRiders/NE, presented the resolution to the board for discussion and approval.

Bob O'Brien, Executive Director of the Board, congratulated Wayne on his consistent, deliberate and effective advocacy for passenger rail in New England and the Downeaster service in particular.

This Boston business group joins municipal organizations from Freeport, Portland, Saco, Wells, Dover, Durham and Exeter in support of continued Amtrak/Downeaster funding in the face of political opposition in Washington. Approval by Brunswick and Haverhill organizations are pending.The resolutions are then sent to their respective Washington delegations.{jcomments on}