BRUNSWICK — A public forum on a proposed Downeaster train maintenance and layover facility will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Town Council chambers at Maine Street Station, 16 Station Ave.

The meeting will be hosted by representatives of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority and the Maine Department of Transportation.

Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, organized the meeting to address noise concerns and other issues raised by constituents who live near the proposed 40,000-square-foot train facility.

“I have heard from many residents who would be directly affected by this project,” Gerzofsky said in a news release. “I believe it is imperative that they are involved in this process.”

Started in 2001, the Downeaster stops in Old Orchard Beach (seasonally), Saco and Wells; Dover, Durham and Exeter, N.H.; and Haverhill, Woburn and Boston, Mass.

The Downeaster carried 474,058 passengers in 2010. The rail authority is working to extend service to Freeport and Brunswick by late 2012.