Vermont governor boosts Amtrak service to Burlington

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MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has included funding to upgrade the line between Rutland and Burlington for Amtrak service in his proposed transportation budget for 2014, the Rutland Herald reported. The governor has pledged to bring Amtrak service to Burlington, the state’s largest city, by 2017.

Among the projects funded in the proposed budget are $5 million to replace jointed rail with welded rail, and reconstruction of highway crossings and replacement of switches on the Vermont Railway’s ex-Rutland Burlington-Rutland line. Another $100,000 would completes a $653,930 engineering and scoping study, funded over three years, of bridges along the route. The 2014 budget also contributes $200,000 toward the planned 2015 replacement of a bridge in Pittsford, and $637,500 to complete the design of safety improvements at two Pittsford crossings.

The state has repeatedly sought federal funds for the effort without success. Legislators estimate the state will need to spend an average of about $1 million a mile on roughly 35 miles of track to bring Amtrak service to Burlington.

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