VTrans Weighs Feasibility of Commuter Rail

By Rachel Aragon | raragon@nexstar.tv

Published 12/05 2016 10:21PM

Updated 12/05 2016 10:23PM

If you think a commuter rail between Montpelier and St. Albans would be a good idea, well VTrans is looking into it. The Vermont state legislature has asked the Agency of Transportation to review what it would take to implement commuter rail service between the capital city to St. Albans with a connecting service to Burlington.

VTrans estimates it would cost between $300 and $361 million to get the project off the ground. This amount would include stations, equipment and other improvements.


“There'd be certain improvements to the rail line, we'd have to make some connections and we'd have to build some passing track in a couple of places," says VTrans Planning Coordinator, Scott Bascom. "You'd have to buy train sets, 6 or 7 train sets."


The Vermont Agency of Transportation estimates operational costs, meaning labor and maintenance, would run between $5 and $9 million.


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