The Amtrak Downeaster has announced that it is starting Phase 2, as of July 20th. This means that they are moving from one round trip train service daily to four round trip train services from Brunswick, Maine south to Boston at North Station.

There are a few station stops that are just for picking-up, and dropping off, or flag stations that will only stop if there is a pick-up or drop off at the location, such as Freeport.

You can check on updates to the schedule and order your tickets online HERE

With Phase 2 now open you will also now have the availability of onboard food service. Also note that Amtrak is waving change fees for reservations made before August 31st.

According to their website, The Amtrak Downeaster will still adhere to the “Enhanced Health & Safety Protocols” that were placed in service with Phase 1 with some slight adjustments:

  • Amtrak has implemented new cleaning and disinfecting protocols nationwide. The train equipment used in Downeaster service is sanitized nightly and undergoes enhanced cleaning before and after each roundtrip.

  • Crews and passengers are required to wear a face coverings in stations, while boarding and onboard the train.

  • The number of passengers per train is limited to no more than 50% of available seating capacity so riders are able to abide by physical distancing guidelines.

  • Stations have been updated with signage and other enhancements to promote public health and physical distancing.

  • Enhanced cleaning and service protocols in the Downeaster Café include Plexiglass partitions in the service area, removal of all “grab and go items”, touchless payment (with credit card) and a pilot program for at-seat service. Table seating in the Downeaster Café is not permitted.

All aboard!

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