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UPDATE: Amtrak Downeaster temporarily suspending service due to coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic

Starting Monday, April 13, the Amtrak Downeaster service will be temporarily suspended through at least April 30.

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According to a Service Alert on the Downeaster website: "Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, Amtrak Downeaster service will be temporarily suspended. The suspension will remain in effect through at least April 30, 2020, which is the scheduled expiration date of Governor Mills’ Executive Order 28."

On April 3, the Downeaster reduced service to one round-trip per day, per Governor Mill’s Executive Order stating that no one shall use public transportation, including the Amtrak Downeaster, unless necessary for an essential reason. 

The service reduction will be in place beginning Monday, April 6, and will remain in effect until at least April 30

Weekdays (M-F)

  • Southbound train 680 WILL OPERATE.
  • Northbound train 685 WILL OPERATE.
  • All other Downeaster trains will be suspended.

Weekends (Sat-Sun)

  • Southbound train 692 WILL OPERATE.
  • Northbound train 693 WILL OPERATE.

All other Downeaster trains will be suspended.

Some station buildings (including Brunswick, Freeport, Saco, and Wells) may be closed to the public but Downeaster trains WILL continue to stop at the platform.

At NEWS CENTER Maine, we're focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the illness. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: /coronavirus

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