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Downeaster To Resume Limited Service Monday

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CHARLES KRUPA
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AP File

The Downeaster passenger train is set to resume limited service on Monday for essential workers and those traveling for essential purposes.

During what is being called "Phase One," there will be one daily round trip between Brunswick and Boston with nine stops in-between.

Downeaster spokesperson Natalie Bogart says a train will leave Brunswick at 4:15 a.m. Monday through Friday, arriving in Boston at 7:50 a.m. The return trip leaves Boston at 5 in the afternoon, arriving in Brunswick at 8:15 p.m. “We're pretty comfortable that the state of Maine has okayed travel across the border for essential travel purposes, and think that kind of providing this level of service again is important for those people who don't have alternative modes of getting around.”

All crew and passengers will be required to wear face coverings while boarding and moving around the train. The number of passengers will be limited to no more than 50 percent of available seating. In addition, station facilities will not be open and passengers will need to go directly to outdoor platforms to wait for their train.

The Downeaster has been closed to passenger service since April 12.