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Maine to Receive $35 Million for Amtrak Downeaster Expansion to Brunswick

Story posted January 28, 2010

Maine's congressional delegation says the state will receive $35 million to extend Amtrak Downeaster passenger train service from Portland to Brunswick.

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Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announces the $35 million grant to expand Downeaster service from Portland to Brunswick.

At a January 28, 2010, news conference held at the Maine Street Station complex, officials said the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) will use the money from the U.S. Department of Transportation's High-Speed Rail Grants to rehabilitate the 30 miles of tracks between the two cities.

NNEPRA Executive Director Patricia Quinn says the two-year project will commence upon delivery of the necessary materials.

When completed, the Downeaster will operate from Brunswick to Boston. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) says she expects train service to Brunswick to begin by the end of 2012 and that the expansion will bring a significant economic boost to Maine.

"It will put over 200 people to work improving the rail line and bring economic development to downtown train stations in communities like Freeport and Brunswick," says Pingree.

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