Passenger rail gathers momentum

The recently expanded Ethan Allen Express passenger rail service is exceeding state officials’ expectations, while providing a boost for Addison County travelers, innkeepers, students and merchants.

Top Ten 2022: Passenger rail returns

2022 saw the return of passenger rail service to Addison County with the expansion of Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express train, which now moves people between New York City and Burlington each day. 

Letter to the editor: Train service worth the effort

Just picked up my loving, soon to be 80-year-old mother-in-law at our Middlebury train station. COVID-19 kept her apart from my wife too long, and in the prior years we drove to Albany, N.Y. or Rutland, Vt. in whatever weather conditions.

Train rolls into Middlebury to great fanfare

As the Amtrak train pulled into Middlebury’s new Seymour Street station at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, July 29, those walking down the steps from the train to the platform suddenly became local celebrities walking the red carpet, with people flashing cameras in … (read more)

Amtrak makes historic stop in Ferrisburgh

Greeted by a crowd of about 100 train enthusiasts, curiosity seekers, local officials and residents happy to see rail service return to Addison County for the first time since 1953 — and, yes, passengers — an Amtrak train pulled into the Ferrisburgh-Verge … (read more)

Letter to the editor: New train service doesn’t seem like a wise investment

After reading your article about the new train service between Burlington and Rutland and seeing the cost, I began thinking.

Passenger rail service is back! Trains roll through Vergennes, Middlebury after 69 years

Crowds cheer the arrival of passenger a train in Vergennes and Middlebury for the first time in nearly 70 years.

Amtrak passenger train to roll through county beginning July 29

The passenger train, which already runs between Rutland and New York City, will extend service to Burlington and add stops in Middlebury and Vergennes.

First responders prepare for Amtrak in Middlebury

On Saturday, May 21, first responders from across Addison County took part in classroom and in-person trainings with Amtrak engines and passenger cars in Middlebury.

Letter to the editor: Be careful near the train tracks

We are so excited to have passenger rail service between Burlington and New York, but as Wilson Rings pointed out this week, people need to beware of the new faster trains and recognize their danger.

Test trains can pose threats in county

Vermont Transportation Agency officials are warning about people walking along the newly refurbished railroad line between Burlington and Rutland where Amtrak trains are conducting full-speed test runs.

Middlebury rail project comes in on budget

The approximately four-year makeover of Middlebury’s twin downtown rail bridges into a 360-foot-long tunnel stayed within the forecasted $72 million construction budget, Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials reported last week.

Summer debut eyed for passenger train

The long-absent refrain of “all aboard!” is expected to ring out once again at new passenger train stations in Middlebury and Vergennes in about seven months, according to Vermont’s top rail official.

Midd, Vergennes prepare for passenger rail

MIDDLEBURY — The chief of Vermont’s rail and aviation division said passenger train service to Burlington — with stops in Vergennes and Middlebury — is likely to commence in 2021, barring any unforeseen delays in construction of the downtown Middlebury ra … (read more)