Brunswick Decision Likely in August and NNEPRA Celebrates 509,986 - What a Number!!!

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At this month's NNEPRA Board Meeting, there was extensive discussion between the board and members of the Brunswick Neighborhood Group. The group remains opposed on environmental grounds (emissions, noise, light and possible impact on property values) to locating the Downeaster Maintenance Facility between Church and Stanwood Streets. Board Chairman Martin Eisenstein announced that NNEPRA would hold a public meeting in Brunswick on August 18th to hear and discuss the final recommendation of the consulting firm that has been evaluating the three remaining sites. The board will then vote on the recommendation at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 22nd.

UPDATE: Brunswick Layover Sites Down to Three

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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. 

UPDATE: House Passes Bill That Rescinds $20.8 Million Grant to Improve MBTA/Downeaster Route in MA

The US House of Representatives passed on Friday afternoon HR 2354, the FY2012 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill.  This Bill contained language that rescinded unobligated balances of funding awarded by the High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program. It was passed by a vote of 219 to 196.  The legislation now moves to the Senate. At risk is NNEPRA's grant of $20,822,341 for Downeaster track improvements along the MBTA line in Massachusetts. Some 600 jobs are at risk.

UPDATE - Downeaster Resumes Schedule After Firey N. Berwick Collision at Grade Crossing

NNEPRA announced Tuesday morning that the Downeaster would resume full service following yesterday's collision in North Berwick with a tractor-trailer that claimed the life of the truck driver, injured several passengers and destroyed an Amtrak engine and severely damaged the lead coach.

Train #681 was carrying 112 passengers on its run from Boston to Portland. The injured, including two crew members, were transported to Goodall Hospital in Sanford, treated and released.

The Portland Press Herald has a comprehensive report:

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