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Christopher Parker, Executive Director
We were incorporated in late 2008, the successor to the Vermont Rail Advocacy Network. We work in affiliation with Trainriders/Northeast, a regional advocacy group and also cooperate with other environmental, business and sustainable transportation groups.Press Coverage [a bit out of date right now. Working on it as time allows . . . ]
We maintain a photo gallery with large format photos you may download and publish without requesting prior permission. All photos are taken by Christopher Parker. An appropriate credit would be: "Photo by Christopher Parker, Vermont Rail Action Network."
To get to the large format photos, open the appropriate gallery category and click on the "image download" button that looks like a green arrow pointing down to a mailbox. Clicking on the thumbnails will bring up a larger view of the photo, but the image download feature is only in the view with multiple small thumbnails.
All photos copywrite Christopher Parker 2006-2010. Permission to use is limited to news, magazine and blog articles about railroads specifically in Vermont or for any articles by news, magazine and blog outlets based in Vermont.
"People move, build and hire based on the presence of rail service." -- Christopher Parker, Vermont Rail Action Network Executive Director
"With all the brou-ha-ha about making Vermont more business-friendly, there's one very simple step that makes sense across the board: increase the weight limit on Vermont's railroad tracks to 286,000 pounds. It'll spur business by lowering the cost of fuel, grain and bulk commodities; it'll get trucks off the highways (saving a lot of wear and tear) and it'll pave the way for improved and expanded passenger service. Everyone from pro-business advocates to tree-huggers ought to be able to agree on this one!"
-- Charlie Hunter, Artist tree-hugger type, Bellows Falls VT
"In the economy and environment of the future, Vermont's vitality will be shaped by the rail option. We need to invest now in the rail network because it will bring jobs and mobility now, but we also need to create the Vermont we want in the future." -- Christopher Parker, Vermont Rail Action Network Executive Director
"Rail service is a cost efficient,environmentally friendly important mode of transportation that must be maintained, enhanced and preserved for future generations." -- Pete Snyder, Building Inspector, Glover VT
The following Amtrak improvements in Vermont are under discussion but take money and your political support.