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Public Invited to Workshops Related to Expanding Passenger Rail to Lewiston/Auburn


Members of the public are invited to participate in open-house style workshops to explore the development of passenger rail service connecting Lewiston/Auburn, Portland and Boston.  These workshops, which will be held in both Portland and in Lewiston, will not only be an opportunity to learn about the potential for passenger rail connecting these communities, but a chance to provide input on transportation needs and give feedback to the project team.   

Although the intent is to learn more about travel patterns and preferences between Lewiston/Auburn, Portland and Boston, the workshops are open to everyone.  

The workshop in Portland will be held on Tuesday March 27th

·         Portland City Hall, Room 24

·         From 4:30 to 6:30 PM (come any time between) at Portland City Hall, Room 24

·         Snow date is April 4th

The workshop in Lewiston/Auburn will be held on Wednesday March 28th

·         Lewiston Library, Callahan Hall

·         From 4:30 to 6:30 PM (come any time between) at Lewiston Library, Callahan Hall

·         Snow date is April 5th


An on-line survey will be available on the project website for a two week period beginning March 28 for those unable to participate in person (or on April 5 if meetings are held on snow dates):  https://nnepra.com/projects/lewistonauburn-passenger-rail-service-plan



The L/A Passenger Rail Service Plan is being developed at the request of the Maine Legislature which approved an allocation of $500,000 in 2015 to conduct a study and complete a plan for the implementation of passenger rail service between the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and the Amtrak Downeaster service.   The municipalities of Lewiston and Auburn each contributed $50,000 toward the project cost.  The Plan is being developed by a consultant team lead by VHB and managed by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) in cooperation with MaineDOT and the cities of Lewiston and Auburn.