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Rail officials hope to extend Amtrak service to Rockland, Maine, next year


Massachusetts residents might soon be able to once again experience the scenic shores of Central Maine by train, if rail officials in “Vacationland” have their way.

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority hopes to reconnect Boston with Rockland, Maine, on the Amtrak Downeaster line for weekend service during the summer, using existing tracks viewed by some as underutilized.

NNEPRA, which manages the Downeaster line, plans to conduct test runs this month to judge the potential schedule and cost of extending the line past Brunswick, where it currently ends, according to Executive Director Patricia Quinn. Read the Full Article