The just passed 2013 transportation budget includes $6 million for new welded rail which is a major part of the work necessary to upgrade the Bennington-Rutland-Burlington "Western Corridor" to passenger train speeds.  This work is funded by the "Jefford's Earmark" including a 20% state match.  Welded rail generally costs around $750,000 a mile including installation, but the bid has not yet gone out.