Ridership on the Amtrak Downeaster is on the way up. It increased its ridership 3% from last year, and it is up 123% since the service started in 2005.Figures show that passengers arriving in Brunswick on the mid-afternoon train and leaving in the early evening for Boston has increased up to 20 percent during the week and 60 percent on the weekends. That's according to Patricia Quinn, the executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which operates the service for Amtrak.

That has led to the possibility of increasing the number of roundtrips between Brunswick and Boston to five per day, with an additional train running from Portland to Boston.

Quinn also adds that NNEPRA hopes to add a feeder service to and from Lewiston and Auburn.

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