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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 (Moynihan Train Hall). 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
State Finds No Major Issues After NNEPRA Review
- Created: 21 July 2016 21 July 2016
Maine’s Government Oversight Committee (GOC) met today in Augusta and heard Beth Ashcroft, director of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA), present a 7-page report detailing her agency's preliminary investigation of NNEPRA. This investigation was initiated at the request of Sen. Stan Gerzofsky (D. Brunswick), who, among other things, opposed NNEPRA’s choice for the site of the soon-to-be-completed layover facility in Brunswick and who accused that Authority of mismanagement and a lack of transparency.
After extensive research into the operations and governance of the rail authority, Ms. Ashcroft stated that OPEGA found no significant issues with NNEPRA. More specifically, the report stated that:
- OPEGA does not find that mismanagement or lack of transparency are “areas of high risk at this time.”
- OPEGA has not “identified any potential concerns or high risk conditions that lead us to definitely recommend further review” of any NNEPRA functions which are “key to providing the most effective and efficient passenger rail service possible.”
OPEGA noted that NNEPRA “appears to have strong practices in some areas, like procurement and contracting, which are already reviewed to some degree through . . . federal reviews and independent financial audits.” OPEGA’s conclusion that “there may be limited value to spending OPEGA resources on more detailed review of NNEPRA at this time” is a strong endorsement of NNEPRA’s practices and activities, validating the value of that agency to the State of Maine and the rest of northern New England.
OPEGA's 7-page report will be followed by a more detailed Information Brief in September, after which the GOC will consider whether any follow up is needed. A copy of the report is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/uploads/originals/final-nnepra-project-direction-recommendation-statement-.pdf.
Busy NNEPRA Board Meeting Hears 3rd Qtr Results While Addressing Track Safety Conditions
- Created: 05 May 2014 05 May 2014
Ms. Patricia Quinn, NNEPRA Executive Director, presented Downeaster performance statistics for the third quarter of FY2014 - they were all on the plus side (graphic to come). Ridership was up as compared to FY2013 as was revenue. Six percent growth is to be celebrated in this current sluggish economy.
On Time Performance rose to 81.3%, which is an improvement of previous reporting periods.
Press Herald discovers West Brunswick Engineer has financial conflict of interest
- Created: 18 April 2014 18 April 2014
How do your define 'conflict of interest?' The Portland Press Herald reports that the West Brunswick engineer who determined that the proposed Downeaster Layover Facility would exceed federal noise regulations, quietly filed plans to build a 9-home subdivision next to the land. That's a clear financial 'conflict of interest.' Or, to put it another way, "Not in my backyard unless it's my subdivision." Read the Press Herald's reporting.
Brunswick Layover Facility: Gov. Says, "Thorough review needed" - TRN says "Current Environmental Assessment more than sufficient"
- Created: 25 March 2014 25 March 2014
From Wayne Davis, TrainRiders/Northeast Chairman:
A letter from Governor Paul LePage to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) became public this week requesting a "significant and thorough review" of the planned train Layover Facility that would be constructed in the existing property zoned 'rail yard' in West Brunswick.
First Two Months of 2014 Show Solid Growth
- Created: 25 March 2014 25 March 2014
NNERPA Executive Director Patricia Quinn announced at today's monthly board meeting that Downeaster ridership had increased by a total of 5,834 riders during the first two months of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. Revenue demonstrated a similar jump, increasing by $109,195 over Jan/Feb of 2013.