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Old 10-09-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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For the first time since 1959, you can board the train in Boston and go all the way to Brunswick (and on to Rockland in the summer). Anyone planning on taking advantage of this new service? What do you think the impact will be on Brunswick and Freeport? I've heard lots of speculation that Freeport especially will see major benefits from Christmas shoppers. My daughter in NYC is already talking about using the train to come home at Christmas.

Article in the Press Herald.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I would love to see this built in Maine....

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...34241,3.348083


The Mainer
Length : 97 Miles
Projected Ridership : 36,000
Stations : 18
Estimated Cost : 560 Million $
Electric Tram Trains
Service Levels > Peak Hour : Every 10-15 Minutes & Off Peak : Every 30-45 Minutes
Top Speed : 85mph


Downeaster Express
Length : 251 Miles
Projected Ridership : 9,600
Stations : 16
Estimated Cost of Extensions : 250 Million $
Diesel Multiple Unit
Service Levels > Peak Hour : Every 30 Minutes & Off Peak : Every 60-80 Minutes
Top Speed : 125mph
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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Coaster: nothing against your daughter visiting you for Christmas; however, a train will make it easier for desirables (shoppers who will spend money in Maine, for example) as well as undesirables to travel to Brunswick and on to Rockland (in the summer).
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:15 PM
 
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I would love to see this built in Maine....

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...34241,3.348083


The Mainer
Length : 97 Miles
Projected Ridership : 36,000
Stations : 18
Estimated Cost : 560 Million $
Electric Tram Trains
Service Levels > Peak Hour : Every 10-15 Minutes & Off Peak : Every 30-45 Minutes
Top Speed : 85mph


Downeaster Express
Length : 251 Miles
Projected Ridership : 9,600
Stations : 16
Estimated Cost of Extensions : 250 Million $
Diesel Multiple Unit
Service Levels > Peak Hour : Every 30 Minutes & Off Peak : Every 60-80 Minutes
Top Speed : 125mph
Why? What's in it for you?
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Coaster: nothing against your daughter visiting you for Christmas; however, a train will make it easier for desirables (shoppers who will spend money in Maine, for example) as well as undesirables to travel to Brunswick and on to Rockland (in the summer).
Have you ever ridden an Amtrak train? Undesirables can't afford it or are kicked off....its not like a city bus...but even a city bus isn't bad...
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:11 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Why? What's in it for you?
So I can travel Maine without a car , there are alot of Mainers who want a system connecting all the cities so they have a choice....in commuting or living more freely...
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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Have you ever ridden an Amtrak train? Undesirables can't afford it or are kicked off....its not like a city bus...but even a city bus isn't bad...
You are certainly entitled to your opinion. I'm not talking about "hobos" trying to hitch a train ride. I think you are naive about undesirables being kicked off. What if they look desirable? How would you know they are undesirable? What if one of them was Jerry Sandusky before his antics made national news? Some undesirables have plenty of money to spend. The train isn't all negative and it's not all positive. Personally, I'd like for the train ride to begin/end in Portland as it does now. I don't expect you to agree with me. It's ok.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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So I can travel Maine without a car , there are alot of Mainers who want a system connecting all the cities so they have a choice....in commuting or living more freely...
I don't think so. alot of Mainers who want a system connecting all the cities? Really? I'd like to see your survey results. From the article in the Press Herald I would say more people are interested in riding the train to visit Boston than vice versa. I don't think all that many Mainers want a system connecting all the cities. The train would provide an option, but I don't consider riding on a train living more freely. A train is not the way to see Maine. Well, maybe for you--should I say with your NJ ideas.

The Press Herald mentioned that the train isn't self-supporting (54% of the $15 million operating budget is funded by ticket sales and food purchases) 80% of the subsidy comes from the federal government. Is this something the Federal government really needs to spend money on? Is the train really helping Maine's economy that significantly? The article also says that $1.5 million comes from the state from a portion of tax on rental cars. Is there something else that the state could better spend the $1.5 million on? The article also speaks about a new Inn in Brunswick built specifically in anticipation of the train. Time will tell as to whether the Inn was worth the investment.

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:01 PM
 
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Coaster: nothing against your daughter visiting you for Christmas; however, a train will make it easier for desirables (shoppers who will spend money in Maine, for example) as well as undesirables to travel to Brunswick and on to Rockland (in the summer).
So does the Maine Turnpike. I fail to see your point, except that for some reason you insist on being snarky about it with me and other posters here.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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So does the Maine Turnpike. I fail to see your point, except that for some reason you insist on being snarky about it with me and other posters here.
It's still a free country. Just because you fail to see my point doesn't make it inaccurate. It's ok for people to disagree. Maybe you just don't like for women to disagree with you.

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