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I read with interest Edgar Allen Beem’s comments about the Downeaster (“The Trouble with Trains,” July 28). I agree wholeheartedly with the desirability of frequent and affordable rail service from Kittery to Bar Harbor.
My understanding is that Amtrak service on the Northeast corridor is very profitable and in fact subsidizes rail service elsewhere in the country. Unfortunately, passengers arriving from the south to Boston’s South Station need to make their own transfer to a different station to get the Downeaster. I choose to continue on a bus instead, which originates at the adjoining terminal.
A convenient transfer from the Acela or the regional train to the Downeaster in Boston would certainly dramatically raise the number of passengers to Portland and points north. Greater ridership would bolster the case for more frequent service.