Maine’s Downeaster train get $600K award for study

Posted Oct. 25, 2010, at 2:10 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is awarding $600,000 for a study on how improvements can be made on the Maine’s Downeaster passenger train line to expand service, cut travel time and increase the number of daily trips between Portland and Boston.

U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced Monday that the Department of Transportation had awarded the funding to the New England Passenger Rail Authority.

The senators said the funding will build upon previous studies to provide more information for future planning on the passenger rail line.

The Downeaster now runs from Boston to Portland, but work has begun to expand service to Brunswick by the end of 2012.

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