According to the Sun Times, the Amtrak Downeaster might offer rail service between Lewiston/Auburn and Portland in the future. There is a meeting tonight at Lewiston Public Library's Callahan Hall, and public input is encouraged. Show up with your opinions from 6-8 p.m..

The process to connect Portland to the Twin Cities began in 2015 and this is the second phase. Tonight different plans will be presented that address infrastructure, costs and possible implementation. The plans will consider stops in Lewiston, Auburn, Gray, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland and Falmouth as well as Portland.  Most plans include 12 to 15 round trips a day.

People who took part in a survey last spring to determine interest in the project, indicated that they would use the Amtrak connections mostly for leisure reasons, like entertainment and sporting events in Portland and Boston.

The Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service from Boston to Maine is managed by The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, who expanded service to Brunswick and Freeport last year.

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