U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces $35 Million in Recovery Act Funding For Downeaster Rail Improvements

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation and the State of Maine have finalized a grant agreement allowing work to begin on the rehabilitation and expansion of the popular state-supported Downeaster Amtrak intercity passenger service.

The Downeaster operates five daily roundtrips between Portland, ME, and Boston, MA.

“This project is a great example of what the Recovery Act is all about,” said Secretary LaHood. “We’re giving travelers better options while putting people in Maine back to work and improving New England’s rail infrastructure. That’s a win for everyone.”

Click here to view the release from the US DOT.