After two years of refurbishing the train tracks between Portland and Brunswick, the operator of the Downeaster has nailed down the date it will start running trains up here: Nov. 1.
The Amtrak Downeaster will make two round-trips between Boston and Brunswick, stopping at Brunswick Station, which is just minutes by foot from campus. The morning train will arrive at 7:05 a.m., reaching Boston at 10:30 a.m., and the evening train will come in at 5:50 p.m. and reach Boston at 9:15 p.m. One-way fares will cost $30.
Portland-to-Boston trains make five round trips a day. Click here for a complete schedule.
The Downeaster’s operator, Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, has modernized 30 miles of track, installed 33,000 ties, upgraded 36 crossings and constructed two train platforms between Portland and Brunswick. The project cost roughly $38.8 million and was funded mostly by the American Recovery and Rehabilitation Act. “Expanding service to Freeport and Brunswick … will improve connectivity to mid-coast Maine, increase tourism and continue to stimulate economic development in the region,” Martin Eisenstein, NNEPRA’s board chairman, said in a press release.