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Amtrak's Downeaster doing fine despite disruptions

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2013 at 10:17 am •  Published: May 11, 2013

Each weekend the Downeaster failed to reach Boston because of the bridge reconstruction meant a loss of roughly 3,500 to 4,000 riders, and the Boston Marathon bombings on Patriots' Day put a damper on southbound traffic during school vacation week, one of the busiest weeks for the train, Quinn said. Ridership was off for most of the week, and service was canceled altogether on Friday during a manhunt for one of the suspects.

Despite all that, ridership for the fiscal year that ends June 30 is up more than 5 percent and revenue is up more than 10 percent, mostly because of heavy travel toward the end of the calendar year as well as the expanded service to Brunswick and Freeport, she said.

"And we're looking forward to a great summer season," she said.

The Downeaster serves 12 communities: Brunswick, Freeport, Portland, Old Orchard Beach, Saco and Wells in Maine; Dover, Durham and Exeter in New Hampshire; and Haverhill, Woburn and Boston in Massachusetts.