Supporting Economic Development

More Than Passenger Rail

Supporting economic development along the Downeaster corridor.

The Amtrak Downeaster provides an integral transportation network for residents of Northern New England, from Brunswick, Maine, to Boston, Massachusetts. While making travel more accessible, convenient and affordable than ever before with passenger rail service for commuters and tourists, economic growth and development at the eleven stations and station communities has also benefitted positively.

Brunswick, ME

Brunswick Station, located on a former Brownfield site, has emerged as a bustling hub of activity. Here visitors can find numerous restaurants, retail businesses, medical facilities, residential property opportunities, as well as hotel and town offices.

Thompson’s Point, ME

Located adjacent to the Portland Transportation Center, this once overlooked and underutilized industrial site on the Fore River in the heart of Portland has been completely transformed. The site is now an exciting activity and entertainment complex featuring breweries, event pavilion welcoming national touring acts and festivals, the location of the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine.

Saco/Biddeford, ME

Considered one of the fastest growing areas in Maine, the historic mills around the Saco Transportation Center have been reinvented into modern apartments and incubator work spaces, home to breweries, theaters, restaurants, and numerous businesses. Plans for an expansion and inclusion of a hotel, as well as recreation areas are underway.

Dover, NH

More than $100 million dollars in new residential and commercial development is currently taking place in and around Dover station and the downtown, making Dover one of New Hampshire’s fastest-growing cities.

Exeter, NH

Transformation in the form of improved landscaping, streetscape and sidewalks have recently been completed around Exeter Station enhancing the safety and overall welcoming aesthetic of the area.

Boston, MA

The Hub on Causeway, a $1.1 billion dollar mixed use development including retail, restaurants, a hotel, grocery store, restaurants, apartments and commercial space, has transformed Boston’s North Station into a massive entertainment and transit center.

To learn more about Downeaster stations and amenities, please visit our station page.