Friday, October 2, 2015

All Aboard Freeport….but not on the Downeaster!


Anyone who is anybody in Cape Brunswick knows the esteemed members of All Aboard Brunswick prefer to travel with the dignity befitting their stature.  Accordingly, they prefer the Downeaster, even it it’s no match for the Coach once used by Queen Victoria.


Which is why we like to think of AAB as the local Carriage Set.

Comprised of various retired diplomats, high ranking bureaucrats, and other careerists from various branches of the ruling class, AAB membership would faint away at the very idea of having to ride upon common carriage like a bus.

As Chance would have it, we posted three items a year ago on the possibility of a bus service going into competition with the Downeaster.  You can review our efforts here

Now comes news that such a service between Freeport and Portland could be starting very soon.

The story is running in this weeks Coastal Journal on Page 3.  

CJ Freeport Metro Bus Oct 15

Incredibly, they plan to have four stops in Freeport, and run nine trips a day from Freeport to Portland.  And for a one way fare of $3.

Pshaw we expect the AAB elite to say.   How can that compare with two trips a day made by the Downeaster, which has one stop in Freeport?  And costs a darn site more than $3 to ride?


We have a hunch, though, that the little people of Freeport may just find it to their liking.

And just think; the service can begin with a simple agreement reached at a town council meeting.  No need to complete a multi-million dollar infrastructure upgrade, or build special boarding platforms before it can get under way.

We don’t expect the new bus service to have any noticeable effect on the Brunswick – Portland ridership count, even if it does expand to 6 round trips per day as the NNEPRA ED stated last week at the Rally for Rail.

The beautiful people of Brunswick will always have need of a proper mode of transport upon which to ride in style.

Bon Voyage, fair ladies and gentlemen.  And make sure you keep your ties in order.

1 comment:

  1. Copious Government rail subsidies compete with copious government bus subsidies to see who can burn taxpayer money at a faster rate while competing for the less than one percent of travelers who are predisposed to ride either. Meanwhile, highways remain crowded with drivers who are paying the gas taxes that are skimmed to feed the subsidies.