Our New Vision
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
Portland Station Relocation Project
- Created: 12 April 2019 12 April 2019
NNEPRA is exploring relocating its Portland station to the mainline from its current Mountain Branch site. Executive Director Patricia Quinn briefed the TrainRiders/NE Board on this goal.
The Project Highlights from NNEPRA's Information Briefing Paper:
Relocating the station to the mainline would eliminate stop and reverse moves currently required for trains traveling between Portland, Freeport and Brunswick.
Sets the stage for increased passenger rail service and improved intermodal transit connectivity to and within the greater Portland region.
NNEPRA February, 2019 Board Meeting
- Created: 25 February 2019 25 February 2019
The NNEPRA Board welcomed a new member, recently sworn in DOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. Commissioner Van Note had previously served on the DOT for 27 years and before being nominated, was Director of Policy and Planning for the Maine Turnpike Authority.
Ridership: The Downeaster Performance Report was discussed. FY 2019 to date (through January) shows a 3% variance in ridership (Target 320,844, Actual 318,689).
California High-speed Train Construction Halted.
- Created: 13 February 2019 13 February 2019
California's high-speed train, approved by the voters in 2008, was to have connected Los Angeles and San Francisco. This week, however, the new governor brought the project to a halt concluding that it "would cost too much and take too long." Originally estimated to cost $33 billion, the uncompleted right-of-way has now ballooned to $77 billion and will take 13 additional years to complete.
It would have taken the bullet-train 2 hours and 40 minutes to travel the 520 miles between the two California cities at speeds approaching 220 mph. The Acela from Boston to Washington travels some 457 miles in 6 hours and 38 minutes, reaching a maximum speed of 165mph.
More information is available here.
NNEPRA January, 2019 Board Meeting
- Created: 29 January 2019 29 January 2019
Executive Director Patricia Quinn presented the latest Downeaster Performance Report summarizing the first two quarters of FY2019.
Ridership: Each of the six months showed uneven variations, but the bottom line on actual ridership revealed a small decrease from the targeted goal (-1% or 280,726 vs. 284,036). Ms. Quinn reported that ridership in January would likely exceed the targeted goal.
Revenue: The numbers exceeded slightly the projected farebox ($5,273,148 vs. $5,265,446).
North Station's New Pedestrian Tunnel Now Open
- Created: 09 January 2019 09 January 2019
It's no longer necessary to walk outdoors (wind, rain, snow & angry traffic) to get to the Orange/Green Lines from North Station. A new underground connecting tunnel has been opened.
This means there's no need to fight foul weather while continuing your trip to South Station or local 'T' stops in Beantown. Progress takes time, but when it arrives, it's a miracle! Well done, Boston! More from the Boston Globe.