A new train will be making a return to Vermont, after almost 70 years. This is the first time in decades that the passenger rail service will run through Burlington, Vergennes, and Middlebury starting in July 2022, according to the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
According to the Associate Press, the last time that a regularly scheduled passenger rail will run from Burlington since 1953.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said in a statement: “Very soon, we will be able to climb aboard a train in downtown Burlington, and arrive in New York City in time for dinner. This long-desired service will give a boost to our economic recovery at a critical time, and give travelers a new, lower-carbon connection to New York and the rest of the Amtrak system.”
The line will depart from Burlington every day at 10:10am and will arrive at Penn Station in New York City by 5:45pm. The service from Penn Station will leave at 2:21pm each day and be back in Burlington at 9:55pm.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott said: “This new service will benefit Vermonters in countless ways, all while helping to grow our economy.” He also said that this would not have been possible without the involvement of a few agencies and “the willingness of communities along the way.”
The train ticket between Burlington and New York City will start at $75. Amtrak will be adding more routes as well, including a Berkshire Flyer between New York City and Pittsfield, Massachusetts which will operate on weekends.
There is also a high speed train line between North Carolina and Virginia being planned as a part of the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grants.