Downeaster ridership, revenue expected to decline
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Amtrak’s Downeaster service between Boston and Maine is expected to carry 57,000 fewer riders and take in $1 million less in revenue this fiscal year compared to the previous one.
The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which runs the service, blames the declines on harsh winter weather and problems with a track rehabilitation project that has forced the cancellation of hundreds of runs.
Authorities tell the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1JmmzGd ) that 276 trains have been canceled to date. More than 100 will be canceled this month.
Authorities say they hope the railroad will be in “good working order” by the end of June and that service can return to normal.
Severe weather damaged the railroad infrastructure and has caused train breakdowns.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com