Brunswick Maine Street Station

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Brunswick
Brunswick Maine Amtrak.jpg
An Amtrak Downeaster train at Brunswick Station.
Station statistics
Coordinates 43°54′41″N 69°57′57″W / 43.9114°N 69.9657°W / 43.9114; -69.9657Coordinates: 43°54′41″N 69°57′57″W / 43.9114°N 69.9657°W / 43.9114; -69.9657
Line(s)
Connections
  The Mid-Coast Limited
(seasonal)
Platforms 1 side platform, covered
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Other information
Opened November 1, 2012
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code BRK
Traffic
Passengers (2013[1]) 30,187
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Downeaster Terminus
Maine Eastern Railroad
Terminus The Mid-Coast Limited
(seasonal)
toward Rockland

Brunswick Station is a multi-modal, multi-use real estate development in the middle of Brunswick, Maine, located on Maine Street. It consists of commercial offices, service centers, healthcare, retail, restaurants, theater and residential space. Brunswick Station is also a transportation hub for city buses, taxis, and passenger trains.[2]

The development is split into two parts, the "West" and "East" sides (West and East of Union Street respectively). The west side will consist mostly of residential apartments and homes, along with some retail and commercial office space. The east side consists of mostly retail and commercial office space, along with some apartments. The east side is also the location of the passenger train station. This development was built on the vacant lots surrounding the railroad junction between Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, and Rockland.[2]

History[edit]

The first steps of the project began on August 20, 1998, when the Town of Brunswick purchased the land that the development is on for $655,000.[3] Not until 2004 (four years after the Downeaster's Boston-Portland service began) did the town begin to consider creating a commercial development around a train station.[3]

Maine Street Station development and platform in July 2012

On May 28, 2008, the planning board approved the final plan for Maine Street Station. The plan, developed by JHR Development of Maine, was submitted on January 15, 2008. The current plan was scaled down from the original proposal. Ground was broken for the station on October 18, 2008. A branch of the Bowdoin College bookstore opened in one of the buildings constructed as part of phase I of the development on October 30, 2009.[4]

Construction of Building Three (connected to the platform) was completed in 2009, along with site work and preparation for the other buildings, including Building Four, which hosts the train station. In December 2010, construction began on Building Four (designed by Gawron Turgeon Architects, and built by Wright Ryan Construction). Mid Coast Hospital's Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic is the anchor tenant in this 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) development.[5]

On January 28, 2010, the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority received approval for a $35 million grant from the federal government to fund track and signal upgrades for the Portland-Brunswick line.[6] Pan Am Railways began work on the line in spring 2010.

Passenger train station[edit]

The station serves as a terminus for both Amtrak's Downeaster service and the Maine Eastern Railroad, and is staffed by volunteers.[2]

Maine Eastern Railroad has been operating passenger service between Brunswick and Rockland since 2004. Maine Eastern used the open lot on Cedar Street prior to the construction of the first phase of Maine Street Station, when it began boarding passengers from a portable platform at the beginning of the 2010 season.

In 2012, Amtrak built a longer high-level platform in preparation for the extension of Downeaster service. Service to Freeport and Brunswick began on November 1, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brunswick, ME (BRK)". Great American Stations. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Maine Street Station". Town of Brunswick, Maine. Archived from the original on 19 July 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Maine Street Station Timeline". Town of Brunswick, Maine. Archived from the original on 31 July 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bowdoin Bookstore". Bowdoin College. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Hoey, Dennis (1 October 2010). "Mid Coast Hospital to invest in center". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Recovery Act High Speed Rail Awards". White House. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 

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