Downeaster extension more popular than expected

11:52 AM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - Nearly twice as many people as projected rode Amtrak's Downeaster to Freeport and Brunswick in the line's first month.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority says the train carried an average of 190 passengers a day between Portland and Brunswick in November. Executive Director Patricia Quinn says the original expectation was 100 passengers daily.

Quinn tells the Portland Press Herald it's unclear which segments of riders will grow, remain consistent or shrink. She said during the Thanksgiving weekend, many students from Bowdoin College in Brunswick used the new service to go home for the holiday and then back to school. She said shoppers rode the Downeaster to get to stores in Freeport.

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