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Amtrak’s Downeaster doing fine despite disruptions

AmtrackBOSTON (AP) — Ridership on Amtrak’s Downeaster is ahead of last year despite a series of weekend disruptions and the Boston Marathon bombings that brought public transportation to a standstill.

Patricia Quinn of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority says this weekend marks the last bridge work preventing trains from reaching Boston until after Labor Day.

Disruptions have been caused by reconstruction of historic arch bridges over the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass., and the Boston Marathon bombings during the busy school vacation week.

Despite all that, Quinn says ridership to date for the fiscal year that ends June 30 is up more than 5 percent and revenue is up 10 percent. She says she’s “looking forward to a great summer season.”


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