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VRAN’s current projects:

Station Upgrades: We are working with Amtrak, VTrans and community stakeholders in Essex Junction and Brattleboro to identify needed safety and accessibility improvements to these busy passenger train stations, and help mobilize resources to make them happen.

Policy changes to promote trackside development:  We support extending the same kind of state & local incentives to promote economic development on existing rail sidings that now apply to designated downtowns in Vermont, to encourage redevelopment of long-dormant properties with direct access to existing freight rail lines.

Volunteer Station Host Program:  We are working with Essex Junction officials, rail advocates and other community members to organize a volunteer station host program to greet rail passengers and visitors, guide them to local transit, businesses and services, and facilitate safe boarding. Long-term, we aim to ‘roll out’ this pilot to function in other Amtrak stations throughout Vermont.

Local food on Amtrak trains: We are working with Amtrak and state agencies to identify possibilities for improved local food offerings aboard Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express and Vermonter trains.  We want Amtrak’s Vermont trains to offer more & better Vermont food, beverages & snacks to reinforce the Vermont brand. 

Better signage for train stations: We are working with state officials and Amtrak to make sure visitors and residents can find Vermont’s train stations from nearby interstate highway exits, and local roads with clear signage to our train stations.


Want to get involved?  Contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or call (802) 598-1577

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We work in affiliation with Trainriders/Northeast, the regional rail advocates group which conceived and initiated the "Downeaster" Amtrak service from Boston to Maine.  To join Trainriders Northeast,click here

Here's what you can do to stay safe around trains...

Never trespass on any railroad property or right of way!
Doing so is illegal and risks serious injury or death.

Cross only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings!
Look for a train moving from either direction -- and then look for a second train from either direction.

Always expect a train!
Trains do not have set schedules and can approach from either direction at any time of day or night.
Trains do not take holidays.

Don't stand next to tracks!
Trains can overhang the tracks by three feet on either side, and straps and tiedowns can extend even further.

Never try to beat a train!
Because of their size, you cannot judge a train's speed or distance. Trains cannot make sudden stops. Remember that a locomotive weighs 200 tons. An automobile being hit by a train is equivalent to a soda can being hit by an automobile.