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Amtrak service to Rockland may get first test with summer weekend schedule


ROCKLAND — Proposed weekend summer passenger rail service to Rockland is an initial effort to “test the waters” for the demand for train ridership, the head of the regional rail authority told about 70 people at a meeting Wednesday night.

The proposed pilot project was welcomed by nearly all those who attended the forum by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.

Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars said it was a great idea and asked the railroad authority to work with local businesses to attract riders.

Betsy Rich said she lives near the tracks, but supports the return of passenger rail service.

“It doesn’t bother me to hear the train whistles. This means people are coming to Rockland, spending money, and creating jobs,” she said.  Read the Full Article