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
NNEPRA Holds Pubic Forum on Improving Downeaster Service
- Created: 11 March 2014 11 March 2014
NNEPRA held a public meeting on Wednesday (March 19th) to discuss the Amtrak Downeaster Service Development Plan. It was a well-attended public forum that focused on extending Downeaster service to Lewiston-Auburn, Augusta and beyond New England to New York City.
TrainRiders/Northeast spoke in support of multiple extensions, particularly an effort to connect Maine through Worcester to Penn Station in New York, where a whole new market for travel to and from Maine awaits.
Patricia Quinn, Executive Director of NNEPRA, answered the many questions regarding currently needed improvements (double tracking, speed and frequency of service) as well as new feeder services to the Brunswick-Boston core of the current Downeaster.
Here is Trainriders/NE's summary comments passed out at the forum.
Here is Tom Bell's reporting on the session in today's Portland Press Herald.
NNEPRA Reports Growth in First Half of FY 2014
- Created: 24 February 2014 24 February 2014
FY 2014 to date (6 months) is doing amazingly well, with a 6% ridership growth as compared to the same period in FY 2013. The spreadsheet shows some 295,069 riders in FY 2014 YTD as compared with 278,404 in FY 2013 YTD. Revenue exceeded the same period in FY 2013 by 6.5%, or $282,545.
Patricia Quinn, Executive Director of NNEPRA, reported that On Time Performance continues to disappoint with an overall 68% record during this reporting period. She explained that "issues impacting OTP are varied, but constrained capacity between Portland and Boston accounted for approximately 45% of all delays, while infrastucture defects (slow orders) accounted for 40% of the delays."
NNEPRA Reports Growth in 2nd Qtr of FY2014
- Created: 28 January 2014 28 January 2014
The Downeaster's performance continues on track as Executive Director Patricia Quinn reported on the second quarter of FY2014. Overall, when combined with the first quarter, ridership was up 5% and revenue grew by 7% over FY2013 to date.
On Time Performance remains troubling, due in large part to commuter and freight train delays.
The Downeaster's Overall Customer Satisfaction Score in December was 96%! When you take into account the delays which have affected 25% of the trains, the CSI score demonstrates that a welcoming and professional crew can keep riders satisfied even when they don't arrive on time.
Washington recently approved an "indefinite" extension of CMAQ funds for the use by state-sponsored railroads for operations (originally, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds were to be only used for three years in startup transportation projects). 80% of the Downeaster's operating budget comes from CMAQ funding.
"Happy New Year" from Wayne Davis
- Created: 28 December 2012 28 December 2012
While wandering through the Maine Mall looking for last minute gift inspirations – listening to the music and being crushed by the crowds, I had a flashback. I’d just entered the central crossing at the mall and for an instant I could picture our RailVision political action committee tables and chairs and the many volunteers collecting signatures for our Passenger Rail Service Act.
Boston & Maine History Books - Order Here
- Created: 03 May 2012 03 May 2012
Welcome to our friends from the Trains Magazine weekly newsletter.
TrainRiders/Northeast is a grass roots organization formed in 1989 that initiated legislation that brought the Amtrak Downeaster to the Brunswick-Portland-Boston route thus restoring passenger rail service to Northern New England after a 40-year absence. Our Train Host program consists of volunteers who serve on board the Downeaster as goodwill ambassadors, promoting patronage of "America's Favorite Train", providing passengers with travel and tourist information, assisting train crews in duties as requested by them and encouraging rail safety.
You can relive the days of the Boston & Maine Railroad by purchasing Robert Willoughby Jones' beautifully illustrated books - "City & Shore" and "Forest, River and Mountain". You'll see the 'Age of Steam', the arrival of the diesels, the Budd cars and the closure of this historic passenger rail service. All these photographs are interwoven with a thoroughly nostalgic narrative. They make the perfect holiday gift for you, your family and friends.
If you join and become a member, you'll receive a discount. These two books sell for more than $100 each on Amazon! Here at TrainRiders/NE, they are properly priced and the income goes to support our continuing efforts to upgrade and expand passenger rail service in Northern New England.
Many thanks for your interest. Feel free to explore our site, read our newsletters and join TrainRiders/Northeast.