Vt. City Wants More Info About Amtrak Expansion Plan

A plan to bring Amtrak to Burlington, Vermont, has hit a snag.

The city council is asking Vermont’s Agency of Transportation about plans to extend Amtrak service to Burlington after several residents expressed opposition to having the trains layover at Burlington Union Station.

Vermont officials are eyeing extending the state-funded Ethan Allen Express from its current northern terminus of Rutland, Vermont, to Burlington in 2021 or 2022.

The state transportation agency has proposed building a second track in front of the station between King and College streets that would be used to store the trainset overnight.

The 900-foot track has drawn objections from residents who contend storing the train at the station will bring additional noise and pollution, with some saying it would destroy their quality of life.

One person who spoke at a council meeting contended the location could become a railroad yard for host railroad Vermont Rail System.

He said once the siding is built “the railroad will do whatever it wants and we’ll be powerless to stop it.”

Some are also concerned that construction of the siding will displace an existing bike trail.

The council has expressed concern about the cost to replace it.

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2 Responses to “Vt. City Wants More Info About Amtrak Expansion Plan”

  1. wildbillfromusa Says:

    This is all so typical. Whenever new or restored rail service is about to come in you can count on the NIMBY’s. It seems to them like the world is turning upside down. As I understand it the railroad owns the property in consideration and wants the extra track siding for its own needs as freight traffic is growing. It would seem that they also have rights.

  2. Greg Knapp Says:

    “The 900-foot track has drawn objections from residents who contend storing the train at the station will bring additional noise and pollution, with some saying it would destroy their quality of life.” Yes, improved access to public transportation has always been suspect of ruining communities. I’m in Illinois and don’t know any of those people from Vermont, but I think all their cousins live near me.

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