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
28th Annual TrainRiders/NE Meeting - 2016
- Created: 16 December 2016 16 December 2016
The 28th Annual Meeting of TrainRiders/Northeast welcomed 100 attendees at the Clarion Hotel in Portland (next to the Transportation Center). Many of those came by train, so it was a quick walk from the station to the hotel.
Senator Angus King saluted the Downeaster and TrainRiders/NE in a video presentation, complementing Wayne Davis for his vision and passion. Watch his comments here.
Eugene Skoropowski, Sr VP of Operations for All Aboard Florida's "Brightline", was the guest speaker. Gene's expertise is putting Florida on the map as a passenger-train-friendly state. He gave an impressive PowerPoint presentation, the slides of which can be viewed here.
First Quarter Performance Stats Show a Record Three Months!
- Created: 25 October 2016 25 October 2016
Ridership & Revenue: There isn't much commentary needed for the performance numbers released yesterday at NNEPRA's Board Meeting. Executive Director Patricia Quinn smiled as she reported that the first quarter of FY2017 set a 15-year record for Ridership and Revenue.
The ridership numbers reported this week have been updated due to an error. As you can see in the graphic, 37,349 was entered in all three 2016 months. The FY16 Actual numbers are:
The conclusion remains the same - record quarter!
Open House at the Brunswick Layover Facility
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Another milestone today for the Amtrak Downeaster as NNEPRA held an Open House at the 655' long, three-trainset barn.
The entire NNEPRA staff was present answering questions from the hundreds of visitors. As one observer said, "What was all the fuss about?" Enjoy the comments.
NNEPRA and its staff have been through YEARS of opposition from the neighboring community and this event celebrated the rail authority's accomplishment - an indoor facility to service the Downeaster trainsets (welcomed by the maintenance crews, particularly in the winter); an additional Brunswick-Boston round trip on November 21st; a more flexible schedule; and a welcome boost to efficiency, ridership and revenue.
NNEPRA 2016 Annual Meeting
- Created: 14 October 2016 14 October 2016
NNEPRA held its Annual Meeting last night in Freeport, Maine. Executive Director Patricia Quinn released the best statistic of the evening: "Fiscal year 2017 started strong with our highest first quarter ridership since the service was inaugurated!"
Much of the second quarter of FY2017 will suffer due to the current service disruption as some 15,000 ties are being replaced on the PanAm section of the line between Wells and Portland. This work is scheduled to end on November 21st when the third round trip from Brunswick to Boston will begin. This schedule improvement is due primarily to the Brunswick Layover Facility, which will go 'on line' next month.
Video of a trainset entering the BLF was scheduled to be shown at the meeting - produced by Maine HDTV in cooperation with Consigli Construction, NNEPRA and Amtrak. You can view it here.
Public Hearing on OPEGA's Review of NNEPRA
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The public hearing of the Maine Government Oversight Committee was held on October 6th, in Augusta. The purpose was to allow public comments on the recent Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability's (OPEGA) review of NNEPRA's financial and operational administration of the Amtrak Downeaster. Those who were displeased that the report failed to find fault with NNEPRA management, refocused their attention from trying to prevent the construction of the Brunswick Layover Facility to requesting further investigation of the decisions of NNEPA Executive Director Patricia Quinn as well as the board itself. Ms. Quinn, TrainRiders/NE Counsel F. Bruce Sleeper and an impassioned Board Chairman Martin Eisenstein returned the fire. Here's a sampling of the hearing.