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November 14: Vermont Transportation Board Comes to Burlington

October 21, 2016

This fall the Vermont Transportation Board will hold public forums on transportation policy associated with trains, both passenger and freight. The Board wants to discuss railroad related issues with the public – including truck traffic through downtowns – to determine how future policy can be shaped to best position Vermont’s rail interests to meet the needs of the state residents.

Topics the Board plans to discuss include:

  • Living with railroads as neighbors, and the issues they present.
  • Passenger rail expansion along Vermont’s western corridor between Rutland and Burlington.
  • Passenger rail expansion from various points in Vermont to Montreal.
  • Truck traffic through villages and town centers, and the effect of rail expansion.
  • Adjacent rail-side economic development and planning for increased rail activity.
  • Starting commuter rail service linking Brattleboro to various points in Massachusetts.
  • Rail Safety, including crossings, trespassing and response to potential emergency incidents.

The Board will hold public forums on the following dates:

  • October 17: Bixby Library, 6:30 p.m., 258 Main Street, Vergennes. VT.
  • October 20: The Gateway Center, 6 p.m., 84 Fyfe Drive, Newport, VT.
  • October 27: The Holiday Inn Rutland, 6 p.m., 476 Holiday Drive, Rutland, VT.
  • November 9: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 6 p.m., 10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT
  • November 10: St. Albans Museum, 6:30 p.m. 9 church Street, St. Albans City, VT.
  • November 14: Main Street Landing’s Lake & College Building, 6:30 p.m., Gallery Room, second floor, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT.
  • November 16: Hotel Coolidge, 6 p.m., 39 South Main Street, White River Junction, VT.

You can read the full press release here.

People who cannot attend a hearing can submit written comment. For more information, contact the Board’s Executive Secretary John Zicconi at or by calling 802-828-2942. To view the Board’s PowerPoint presentation, click here.