Wells Area Improvement Project

Project Overview

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.

Date Goal
April-January 2023 Subgrade and ballast placement
February- May 2023 Platform/pedestrian bridge design finalized

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 Photos

January 2023- The CSX Rail Train being positioned to begin offloading more rail.

Project Schedule

Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2024

Updated 1/9/2023