Solving cross-border travel
problems is on the to-do list for New England
governors and eastern Canadian premiers. And the leaders meeting in Burlington
this week say they’re making progress to restore passenger rail service to Montreal.
A study group has recommended how
passenger rail service could be established between southwestern Vermont and New York’s capital region. Next week, the public will have a chance to comment on the
proposals at hearings in both states.
Vermont rail enthusiasts have
been pushing for more passenger trains for years. Thanks to a grant from the Federal Railroad
Administration, the state may be getting closer to seeing that happen. Transportation officials from New York and Vermont are looking at ways to
create a new passenger service along existing rail lines in southwestern Vermont and east central New York.
Comments: Should New York and Vermont expand service?
The prospect of a new passenger rail service linking Bennington and
Manchester to Albany gets a warm reception at a public meeting in
Mechanicville, New York, as state transportation
officials in Vermont and New York consider a passenger train that would connect the towns.
The deputy chief of the
Federal Railroad Administration was in Rutland Monday to listen to
Vermonters’ pleas for better rail service in the western part of the state. A project backed by Vermont and New York State is competing for funds
to extend Amtrak’s Ethan Allen passenger train to Burlington. It currently runs from
York City into Rutland.