Downeastern Extension Wins 1st Approval

An extension of Amtrak’s Downeaster service to the “Vacationland” area of Maine was approved on Monday by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.

Subject to the approval of the Maine Department of Transportation, Downeaster trains will be extended 50 miles from Brunswick to Rockland on weekends for a three-week trial period in August.

Intermediate stops will be made in Bath, Wiscasset, and Newcastle.

The Authority had hoped to operate the extension for 10 weeks, but that was reduced due to funding limitations.

MDOT owns the tracks between Brunswick and Rockland and approves the Authority’s budget.

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