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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - City officials in Portland are warning residents that more trains will be passing through the city now that passenger rail service has been extended north to Brunswick.

Authorities say safety features are being added to the city's 19 railroad crossings to ensure the well-being of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists with the addition of more passenger and freight trains rolling through the city.

The city has restriped streets and installed new signs and warning systems at the crossings, and installed a raised median at one crossing so motorists can't circumvent safety gates. More upgrades are planned next spring.

The Amtrak Downeaster last week extended passenger service to both Freeport and Brunswick.

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