The NNEPRA Board, after discussing emailed objections from nearly a dozen NH riders, approved a new fare schedule.
Several Exeter riders were concerned that their monthly pass to Boston would rise from $259 to $279, or $20. In 2005, the pass cost $188. Since then it has risen $91 in several steps or a 48% increase over six years. Executive Director Patricia Quinn noted that higher fuel costs were but one of the factors in the equation (Downeaster fuel has risen 150% since 2005). One board member suggested that Downeaster funding contributions from Concord and Boston could eventually moderate such increases. The new fare structure can be viewed here.
First Quarter FY 2012 Performance
- Ridership: 146,519 vs. 136,837 in Q1 FY11
- Revenue: $2,060,452 vs. $2,008,857 in Q1 FY11
- Rider Miles: 12,151,588 vs. 11,216,364 in Q1 FY11
- On Time Perfomance: 58% vs. 67% in Q1 FY11
The poor OTP was due in part to the N. Berwick accident and subsequent rail/crossing rehab. Other slow orders along the PanAm portion in Plaistow and Old Orchard Beach are expected to be cleared up within the next month. MBTA slow orders are of a longer duration due to extensive construction.
Pam Am continues to make good progress on the Portland to Brunswick rehab. The Brunswick platform work is slightly behind schedule - awaiting some custom concrete materials - but the Freeport platform is ahead of schedule and will likely be completed by December 1st. Look for crew qualification runs along the line this spring!