SENATOR GERZOFSKY ANNOUNCES PUBLIC FORUM TO DISCUSS PROPOSED DOWNEASTER LAYOVER FACILITY IN BRUNSWICK
BRUNSWICK – Senator Stan Gerzofsky (D – Cumberland County) announced today that the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) and MaineDOT have scheduled a joint public meeting to provide information regarding the construction of a train layover facility in Brunswick and address local concerns. In response to concerns expressed by residents living near the proposed maintenance facility in Brunswick, Senator Gerzofsky has agreed to help facilitate a series of public forums intended to provide information to the public regarding project.
Senator Gerzofsky indicated that this first public forum will be an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns and learn more about the status of the project. “I have heard from many residents who would be directly affected by this project,” said Senator Gerzofsky. “I believe it is imperative that they are involved in this process.”
Residents near the proposed layover location have expressed concerns about the project and its impact to nearby neighborhoods. Senator Gerzofsky has been working with NNEPRA and MaineDOT to address the local concerns.
The public forum will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Brunswick Station at 16 Station Avenue.
The Downeaster train service began in 2001. Trains stop in Saco, Wells, Dover, Durham, Exeter, Haverhill, Woburn, and Boston. Trains stop in Old Orchard Beach seasonally. The Downeaster carried 474,058 passengers in 2010. NNEPRA is currently in the process of extending rail service in to Brunswick and Freeport by late 2012.