Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA), the managing agency of the Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service, has announced more train service to Freeport and Brunswick beginning Monday, November 12. Currently, the Downeaster runs five round-trips each day between Portland and Boston, with three of those going to Freeport and Brunswick.

Beginning Monday, November 12, two additional round-trips will serve Freeport and Brunswick on weekdays (five round-trips total), with one additional trip on weekends (four round-trips total).

The addition of early morning southbound departures from Brunswick, arriving in Boston before 8 a.m. each weekday (Train 680) and by 9:10 a.m. on weekends (Train 690), are expected to be popular with business travelers and those making other travel connections. The addition of Train 686, a new 1:30 p.m. weekday departure from Brunswick, is conventient for sports fans and concert-goers, as is the late-night northbound train from Boston (Train 689/699), which will now terminate in Brunswick every day instead of just on Friday and Saturday.

Train 681, the daily 9:05 a.m. departure from Boston, which currently terminates in Portland at 11:35 a.m., will now extend through Freeport and terminate in Brunswick at 12:30 p.m. each day. The first train from Boston currently does not arrive in Brunswick until 4:25 p.m., so the new arrival will be able to serve Freeport-bound travelers during the holiday shopping season.

For information regarding the Downeaster schedule, fares or to make reservations, visit AmtrakDowneaster.com.