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Downeaster returning to pre-COVID-19 schedule

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, an Amtrak logo is seen on a train at 30th Street...
FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, an Amtrak logo is seen on a train at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)(Matt Rourke | AP)
Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 12:56 PM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority is ready to restore the Amtrak Downeaster’s pre-COVID-19 schedule this spring.

The Downeaster will add a fifth round trip starting May 3; the train had been operating four round trips since July 2020, the service said.

In addition, seasonal service will resume to Old Orchard Beach.

Spokesperson Natalie Bogart says the mid-morning departure from Brunswick and mid-afternoon return trip from Boston will provide more travel options.

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