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Amtrak’s Downeaster rail service has been suspended through at least the end of April.
That suspension is effective Monday and remains in place until at least April 30, when Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ stay-at-home order is set to expire, according to Natalie Bogart, marketing director for the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which manages the service.
The authority voted to suspend the service Friday, Bogart said.
The move comes after the authority’s decision earlier this month to scale back service to one daily round trip from Maine to Boston as the coronavirus outbreak brought the economy to a halt and people were ordered to shelter in their homes to halt its spread.
Mills issued her stay-at-home order on March 31 and went into effect April 2. That ordered Maine residents to restrict their travel outside the home to only essential needs, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, and it urged people to avoid public transportation whenever possible.
Bogart said that railroad tracks will remain active, with freight trains still running as well as some Amtrak trains for mechanical purposes..
Amtrak Downeaster has stops in Brunswick, Freeport, Portland Saco, Wells and Boston, among others.