(SOURCE: Trains.com Newswire)
GREENFIELD, Mass. – Transportation officials on both sides of the border are
looking at reestablishing passenger rail service north of St. Albans, Vt., to
Montreal, the Greenfield Recorder reports. The Inland Rail Study is looking at a
484-mile route from Boston to Montreal. Currently, Amtrak's Vermonter
terminates in St. Albans.
The expansion was the topic of a recent meeting
of the Franklin County Regional Planning Board.
Amtrak operated a New
York City to Montreal train through Vermont, called the Montrealer,
from the 1970s until 1995. That year, the train was replaced with the
Vermonter and New York to Montreal service continued as the Adirondack
in New York west of Lake Champlain. However, public officials have long wanted
to restore the service through the Green Mountain State.
The Inland Rail
Study is undertaken in collaboration with departments of transportation in
Quebec, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut and support from the Federal
Railroad Administration. It is unclear of the exact route of the proposed train,
but it would likely follow the current Vermonter route. Amtrak and its
partner freight railroads are already working on track to increase speeds on the