The Downeaster Amtrak, which runs a 145-mile stretch from Brunswick, Maine to Boston declared prohibition on the sale of alcohol for 35 miles of that journey. The new law, planned to be enforced just 24 hours ago by the New Hampshire Liquor Commission, which stems from New Hampshire’s ruling that forbids the serving of alcohol which hasn’t been purchased in the state, was set to go into effect on March 20.
The next day, Governor Chris Sununu tweeted “Not happening. First drinks are on me.”
The new law meant passengers aboard the Downeaster were prohibited from purchasing alcohol for the 35 miles that the train travels through New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission and Governor Chris Sununu will be taking steps to find a mutually agreeable plan now, and the ban has been lifted until further notice.
The Downeastern is an especially busy and convenient train as it travels directly into the city from various parts of New England, making stops in three states:
- Maine: Brunswick, Freeport, Portland, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Wells
- New Hampshire: Dover, Durham, Exeter
- Massachusetts: Haverhill, Woburn, Boston
Unlike most Amtrak trains, which pull into and out of South Station, this ride stops at North Station, home of TD Garden. Many commuters take this ride for entertainment such as Bruins games, Celtics playoffs, and concerts.