Wells Area Improvement Project

Project Overview

Construction of a new platform for northbound and southbound passenger trains, a pedestrian bridge, and six-mile extension to existing passing siding at Wells Station will improve reliability and schedule flexibility of both the Downeaster and Pan Am Railways trains. These capacity improvements will expand service to a 6th daily Downeaster round-trip between Wells and Brunswick, Maine. 


What to expect in the coming months.

Date Goal
December 2020 Signed Grant Agreement with Federal Railroad Administration
December 2020 Design and environmental work completed
Spring 2021 Construction Begins

Project Budget

The total project budget is $22,967,281.

Seventy-three percent of the total is being paid for through the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement Grant awarded to NNEPRA by the Federal Railroad Administration in 2019 matched by a 20 percent contribution from the Maine Department of Transportation and six and a half percent contribution from Pan Am Railways.


Project Schedule

Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2023