Downeaster expands service, tweaks schedule for commuters

Downeaster adjusts schedule, adds service

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Train No. 684 is the newest addition to the Downeaster fleet.

With service starting in Brunswick after 7 a.m., and leaving Boston at both 5 and 6 p.m., the train will "[open] up the market to business travelers, for visitors to Boston [and] for Bowdoin College students," according to Martin Eisenstein, chair of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) board.

NNEPRA Executive Director Patricia Quinn said the added service, with a better schedule, should be proof that they're listening to their riders.

"It's hard to meet everybody's needs," Quinn said, "but with the five round trips, we're able to provide commuters with trips to work, leisure trips, sporting events; but the service to Freeport and Brunswick wasn't enough to support that."

"We're trying to listen to people and I think it's paying off," Quinn said. "We just finished our best first quarter ever."

Now that maintenance and updates have finished along the railways, Quinn adds that service will be more reliable.

"The party is great, but now it's business as usual and we're just going to try to keep moving people efficiently and safely."

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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