The Wells Area Improvement Project is underway. The Project has two major elements:
- Extend the existing 2-mile passing siding track in Wells six-miles.
- Construct a boarding platform adjacent to the second track at Wells Station and an elevated pedestrian bridge to provide grade-separated passenger access to/from both tracks.
These elements will improve reliability and schedule flexibility of both the Amtrak Downeaster and freight trains and will eventually support the addition of a 6th daily Downeaster round-trip between Wells and Brunswick, Maine.
What to expect in the coming months.
|April-January 2023||Subgrade and ballast placement|
|February- May 2023||Platform/pedestrian bridge design finalized|
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.
Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2024