Amtrak, Vermont Talking About Service Revival

Vermont transportation officials are talking to Amtrak about reviving the Vermonter and the Ethan Allen Express.

Both trains were suspended last year during the CVOID-19 pandemic.

During a briefing about the pandemic, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said the state has had has had “preliminary discussions” with Amtrak about restoring both trains.

“We just don’t know exactly when it’s going to be,” Scott said.

Vermont Agency of Transportation spokeswoman Amy Taiko said her agency hopes to make an announcement within the next several weeks as to when the service might return.

Before being suspended, the Vermonter operated between St. Albans and Washington while the Ethan Allen Express ran between Rutland and New York.

State officials said that Amtrak has made non revenue runs in Vermont to keep the operating crews qualified.

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