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the Peninsula Line
Visitors to Maine's jagged coast quickly learn that it takes longer than you might expect to drive between towns on neighboring peninsulas. What appears on a map to be a short trip "as the crow flies" can easily become a long and circuitous adventure: first you head inland along one long peninsula, then down along several miles of US Highway 1, and finally out along the next long peninsula.
The DRT's Peninsula Line radically alters the geometry of downeast travel by connecting its peninsulas with straight-line underground routes. A trip that previously took more than an hour by car (for example, from Corea to Cape Split) now takes just ten minutes on the subway.
Station entrance: On the east side of Goods Point Road, about ¼ mile from Dyer Bay Road.
Station master: Robert D. Bryson
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The Downeast Coastal Conservancy manages the land and trails of the Pigeon Hill Preserve, directly across the road from the station. From the trailhead, it's a short easy/moderate hike to the 317' summit, with sweeping views of miles of the Downeast coastline. Pigeon Hill Station is also the home of Earthsound Radio, 92.5 FM, which broadcasts
Station entrance: Just south of the Pigeon Hill Cemetery.
Station master: JT Bullitt
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Like nearby Pigeon Hill, McClellan Park is one of this area's hidden gems of spectacular natural beauty. Its rugged granite cliffs tumble down to meet the pounding surf at the mouth of Milbridge's Narraguagus Bay. It is a perfect spot for picnics, tidepooling, or painting — or just sitting quietly and gazing out into the endless expanse of the North Atlantic.
Station entrance: On Tom Leighton Point Road, at the corner of Watchtide Landing. From here it's about a 15 minute walk to the park entrance.
Station masters: Barrie Latzko and Kipp Latzko
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Fish Point station is conveniently located on the eastern shore of the Narraguagus River in Milbridge, adjacent to the headquarters of the Sunrise County Arts Insitute.
Station entrance: At the intersection of Fickett's Pt. Road and Fish Point. If you hear beautiful music, you've arrived.
Station masters: Danielle Woerner and Claude Johnson
Nestled in a quiet cove in the tidal estuary of Milbridge's Flat Bay, Ray's Point station is a tranquil waypoint along one of the DRT's busiest subway lines. Here shorebirds gather at low tide to wade in the fertile mud flats from which Flat Bay gets its name. At high tide an occasional seal will make the daring trip into these shallow waters to bask briefly in the shelter of the cove, before gliding back out to sea with the falling tide. Perhaps even seals need respite now and then from the hustle and bustle of open oceanic life. Like their human counterparts, they know that Ray's Point station is a welcome place to take a little breather.
Station masters: Joanne Halpin and Will Halpin
Lubec lies at a remarkable geographical crossroads. Here the Downeast Fisheries Trail, the Ice Age Trail, and the Schoodic International Sculpture Trail all converge — and within a two-minute walk to the International Bridge that connects to Canada's Campobello Island. Bring a picnic and relax at nearby Stockford Park, overlooking the busy waterway between the USA and Canada. Or make a day of it by strolling through downtown Lubec, sampling the area's shops and fine seafood eateries.
Station entrance: On the east side of Lower Water Street, just south of Stockford Park, in Lubec's historic Brownville district.
Station master: Fritz Buehner
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Cosmopolitan Calais is home to the northernmost station in the DRT network. From the station entrance it's a short walk down to the shops and restaurants of Main Street and the Calais Walkway, a 1.5-mile-long walking trail that winds along the banks of the scenic St. Croix River. When you come, bring your passport and stroll over the border bridge right into downtown St. Stephen — Canada's "Chocolate City" and home of the annual summer Chocolate Fest.
Station entrance: 30 Swan Street, Calais
Station master: Richard P. Auletta
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