Downeaster moving into 2016 with better performance

January 13, 2016

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer, Portland Press Herald

Amtrak’s Downeaster service has rebounded from its dismal performance last year and plans to add more train trips to Freeport and Brunswick later this year before the fall foliage season begins. Also on the docket: a potential new stop in Kennebunk.Website Insert 5000 New Seats copy

The Boston-to-Brunswick rail service was hammered in 2015 by service interruptions owing to construction delays, a relentless winter and other factors. Once the model for customer service on a regional rail line, the Downeaster ended the fiscal year with a 30 percent on-time percentage. By December – six months into the new fiscal year – the service had recovered. Eight-six percent of Downeaster trains arrived on time that month – more than 10 percentage points above the national average.

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