U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Ray LaHood and Vermont officials took a train trip from White River Junction
to Brattleboro on Friday to mark the completion of track repairs. They did it to celebrate one
of the first rail projects in the federal government’s $8 billion passenger
rail stimulus program to be completed.
Vermont transportation officials say planned repairs to a rail corridor
in Massachusetts will be a boon to the Green Mountain State, because
they will make trips on Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger trains faster.
The Shumlin administration is working with officials in Quebec to restore passenger train service to Montreal. The
governor says the ultimate goal is to build high speed rail between the U.S. and
A $50 million federal investment in Vermont should shave 90 minutes off a train trip to New York. But hope for a broader revival of passenger rail on
the western side of the state won’t happen for now.
Officials with Amtrak warn that Vermont could find it difficult to re-start rail service if budget cuts force the state to discontinue a route between Albany and Rutland; AT&T says it will upgrade its wireless broadband network in Vermont this spring to make it faster and more reliable;