Examining The Economic Impact Of The Downeaster
With three stops in Massachusetts, three in New Hampshire and six in Maine, the Amtrak® DowneasterSM (Brunswick – Boston) transports thousands of daily riders who contribute millions of dollars to local economies. Named for the “down east” region of Maine, the service made its first run on Dec. 15, 2001. Five daily round trips currently operate along the 145-mile route. Since 2005, the Downeaster has more than doubled ridership; in the fiscal year 2016, it carried just over half a million customers.
Many of the communities along the route are experiencing economic growth as developers recognize the benefits of building close to public transportation. Having Amtrak near shopping and entertainment is a boon for developers.
According to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA), which provides funding for the service, the Downeaster transports more than 100,000 annual visitors to Maine, who contribute $29 million in economic impact. This includes visitors to the popular shopping destination of Freeport, where L.L. Bean’s flagship store has stood for more than a century.
On Board the Downeaster (originally published in the Jan /Feb 2017 issue of Amtrak Ink)
All Aboard the Amtrak Downeaster intercity passenger rail service. An exclusive look behind-the-scenes snapshot of the crew of the Downeaster and the economic impact of the route on the local communities that it serves.
Executive Producer - Amtrak Govt. Affairs and Corporate Communications Department
Producers -- Chuck Gomez, Raven Padgett, and Megan Marcotte-Cai
Co-Producers -- Maximilian Johnson, Patrick Kidd, and Mariah Morales
Director & Cinematographer - Chuck Gomez
Writers - Raven Padgett & Patrick Kidd
Editor - Megan Marcotte-Cai
Sound Editor - Brian Lindgren
Music - Wytold's "My Regards" and Tiny Music's "The Wood Traveler."