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Amtrak Downeaster Breaks Annual Ridership Record


For Immediate Release
Contact: Patricia Quinn 207-252-1153

PORTLAND, MAINE – The Amtrak Downeaster has once again broken ridership records, completing FY2012 (July 2011-June 2012) with ridership of 528,292 riders, the highest ever in the Downeaster’s ten-year history.   According to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) which manages the service, this is the seventh consecutive year that Downeaster ridership has demonstrated growth.  FY2012 ridership exceeded FY2011 ridership by 4% and FY2005 ridership by 111%.   FY2012 ticket revenues of $7.4 million are also the highest in Downeaster history, exceeding FY2011 revenues by 4.5% and FY2005 revenues by 125%.

Downeaster Fiscal Year Ridership History Since it began operating in December 2001, the Downeaster has transported approximately 4 million riders the equivalent of 325 million passenger miles and generating over $56 million in ticket revenues. 

The Downeaster has developed a diversified ridership base which includes commuters traveling to work, students traveling to or from college, school kids on education trips, senior citizens looking for a day out, sports fans, beach goers, tourists and more.

The Amtrak Downeaster makes five round-trips daily between Portland and Boston.  Later this year, the Downeaster will extend two of those round-trips to Freeport and Brunswick each day.