But despite — and perhaps, because of — the Downeaster’s early success, noise generated by the train remains a concern for some residents who live near the tracks.In the Cold Spring Shops research files are some Maine Central passenger timetables. The residents of Brunswick have a point. The passenger trains used to begin or end their journey at Bangor, Waterville, or Rockland. A passenger arriving on the Rockland section of the Bar Harbor had to be ready to unload at 5.30.
Some residents are also complaining about noise created while the trains idle in Brunswick for an average 5½ hours a day, which state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, said he hopes to address with legislation.
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME.
The Bangor Daily News reported, last December, that Downeaster passenger counts exceeded expectations. That's despite a schedule which requires consists to deadhead from or to Portland to begin the day's runs.