Construction begins for controversial train facility

October 25, 2015

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — More than three years after Amtrak Downeaster trains started serving Brunswick, the agency that manages the service has started work on a huge train service building for Brunswick. But some neighbors in the town are still fighting it.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority started construction a week ago, after receiving its final permit from the Maine DEP. The project will build a 650 foot by 70 foot building, big enough to hold three full trains. The Rail Authority says the Layover Facility will service trains overnight, and make room on the tracks for a third round trip each day.

But a neighbors’ group called Brunswick West is still fighting the project, saying the noise and pollution will hurt people living nearby. A leader of that group says the emissions from diesel exhaust contain chemicals that are carcinogenic, and have appealed the DEP permit to the Board of Environmental Protection. A hearing on that appeal is slated for Nov. 19.

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