Our Trains, Our Future

The Vermont Rail Action Network works to modernize and upgrade Vermont’s railroads for better passenger and freight services. VRAN seeks to improve the environment and to ensure the economic viability of Vermont by expanding access to cost-effective rail transportation.

Rail Safety Day at the Vermont State House

We will discuss the latest news about Vermont's Amtrak trains, including proposed federal funding cuts to Amtrak's national train network, and Vermont's ability to use Postive Train Control (PTC) tools to enhance train safety. Learn more about what Amtrak, VTrans, our railroad companies and police are doing to enhance Vermonters’ safety on and around railroads. Speakers will highlight Amtrak police efforts to intercept drug trafficking on trains, Operation Lifesaver's efforts to reduce vehicle collisions at train crossings, and outreach to Vermont schools, youth & communities to reduce high-risk trespassing on train tracks and railyards.

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Become a Member

We're inviting you to become a member of the Vermont Rail Action Network. As a member, you support our mission and organization. Members will also get a preferred rate for  our annual dinner. 

Memberships will be available in early 2018. 

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Rail in Vermont is expanding

Vermont is on the cusp of implementing significant rail expansions. Add your voice to help us keep our elected officials aware of public support for Vermont’s railroad use goals.

Rail use can improve the lives of everyone who lives and works in Vermont—even those who have never set foot on a train. How? Good question! Visit our page on the benefits of rail in Vermont for some answers.

All transportation in America depends upon public investment.  Public investment depends upon our elected representatives, who act based on their perceptions of public support.  It is important to make your voice heard.

Here’s what you can do:

Freight by Rail: Get On Board

See how freight rail investments help communities across the country -- supporting jobs, cleaner skies and a stronger economy. 

Improving Passenger Rail
VRAN works with community leaders to make our train stations more welcoming and create better connections to local transit.

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Rebuilding Our Rail Infrastructure
VRAN helps bring new federal and state investments to Vermont to improve rail lines, bridges, road crossings, and stations.