Congress Considers Proposals that would be Detrimental to Amtrak Downeaster Rail Service in Durham, Dover, and Exeter

There are currently proposals before the U.S. Congress that would substantially reduce funding for Amtrak generally and eliminate all funding for state-supported Amtrak service, including the Downeaster.

Since the return of passenger rail service to Durham in 2001, the Amtrak Downeaster has provided an important service to Durham by allowing its citizens to use the train as an alternative means of transportation in place of the private automobile, as well as bringing visitors to the community and thereby enhancing our efforts toward economic development and sustainability.

Since 2001, a total of 406,328 riders have used the train from Durham/UNH.  Dover station ridership to date equals 394,642.  Exeter station ridership totals 652,949.  Approximately 55,000 riders per year are now utilizing the Durham/UNH station.

On November 7, 2011, the Durham Town Council unanimously passed a resolution seeking support from the State of New Hampshire Congressional Delegation and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch in preserving Durham and each of the NH stations as stops on the Downeaster route. To view the resolution, click HERE.

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Todd I. Selig, Administrator
Town of Durham, NH