State Senator Raises Concerns about Planned Amtrack Facility in Brunswick 

A state senator has written a letter to the operator of Amtrak’s Downeaster Boston-to-Maine passenger train service saying that Brunswick residents near the site of a planned layover facility are being “abused.” Brunswick Democrat Stan Gerzofsky said in his letter to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority that he fears the $12 million building will bring noise and air pollution from trains idling up to five hours per day, resulting in health risks and decreased property values. The authority announced last week it had secured funds to build the layover facility and could break ground this fall. Authority Executive Director Patricia Quinn tells the Times Record, the facility would actually eliminate many residents’ concerns because it would contain noise from the engines, and screen neighbors from pollution.