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The Lewiston Sun Journal reported this week that the possibility of extending passenger rail from Portland to Lewiston-Auburn is getting a serious look by local officials, who, along with the Maine Department of Transportation and the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, hosted two public meetings this past spring to gauge public interest. They were encouraged by the public response, the newspaper reported. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which manages the Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service from Boston to Portland and Brunswick, conducted a Phase 1 assessment of potential ridership if service was extended to Lewiston-Auburn. The study estimated there would be between 600 and 800 daily riders in 2025, numbers that are estimated to rise to between 700 and 1,900 by 2040, the newspaper reported. Ridership would depend largely on the level of service and the number of connections that would be made. Infrastructure and cost assessments will be evaluated in the second phase of the feasibility study.
Do you support expanding passenger rail service from Portland to Lewiston-Auburn?