Rail Related Studies

Below is a list of studies. Alas I find myself without time to put links in all of them, but instead direct you to the CCMPO page which has the major recent rail studies with links.


1. Vermont State Rail Plan 1986 Update, September 1987

2. Commuter Rail Feasibility Study, February 1991

3. Rail Service in New England: Final Report, January 1992

4. Research Conducted for the New England Transportation Consortium

5. Vermont Rail Feasibility Study, March 1993 Prepared by LS Transit Systems, Inc.

6. Transportation Alternative Scenarios "Analysis", October 1994 Prepared by Cambridge Systematics.

7. New England Transportation Initiative, February 1995 Prepared by Cambridge Systematics

8. *Shelburne Road Corridor MIS

9. Report of the Joint Legislative Study Committee on the Future of Passenger Rail Service in Vermont, December 1995

10. Vermont Tour Train Highlights Report, June 1996 Prepared by LS Transit Systems, Inc.

11. Middlebury Rail Spur Study, February 1996

12. Burlington Light Rail Transit Study, April 1996

13. Five Year State Railroad Capital Development Plan, March 1997

14. Phase II Vermont Rail Feasibility Study, 1996

15. Environmental Assessment for Shelburne Road Corridor Rail Improvement Solution, July 1996, Prepared by LS Transit Systems, Inc.

16. Railway Clearance Survey, August 1997

17. *Tri-Center Transit Study (aka, light rail)

18. Analysis of the Lamoille Valley Railroad and the Highest and Best Use of the Rail Corridor -Northeastern Vermont Development Association, September 1997

19. OMYA Alternate Routes for Transportation Marble Rock from Middlebury Quarry to Florence Plan, Construction Estimates, Supplement No.1, February 1998

20. Five Year State Railroad Capital Development Plan, Addendum #1, Track Assessment, NECR Burlington to Essex Junction, April 1998

21. Boston & Maine Railroad Property Assessment, 1998

22. Bennington Regional Rail Study-Bennington County Regional Commission, September 1998

23. Vermont Rail Policy Plan, November 1998

24. Albany/Bennington/Rutland/Burlington Rail Passenger Service Study, October 1998

25. Boston & Maine Railroad Property Assessment, December 1998

26. Load Ratings -Fatigue Analysis, 1999

27. New England Central Railroad Double Stack Clearance Study, January 1999

28. GMRC Freight Study-Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, February 1999

29. OMYA Quarry Material Alternative Transport Legislative Study, January 1999

30. Burlington/Essex Passenger Rail Feasibility Study & Corridor Analysis, September 1999

31. Passenger Rail 2000 - Enhancing Vermont’s Passenger Rail Service, 2000

32. Evaluation of Potential Sites for the Relocation of the Burlington and Rutland Railyards, January 2000

33. Middlebury to Florence Calcium Carbonate Ore, Corps of Engineers. Least Environmentally Damaging Practical Alternative Transportation Alternative Analysis, DuBois & King, April 2000.

34. Briefing Document: Burlington Railroad Yard Relocation Funding Options & Feasibility, February 2001

35. Funding Options & Feasibility Report: Burlington Railroad Yard Relocation Funding Options & Feasibility, Feb. 2001

36. Vermont Rail Capital Investment Policy Plan, October 2001

37. Vermont Rail Capital Investment Policy Plan, Bellows Falls Tunnel Study, October 2001

38. Joint Fiscal Office Review of Vermont Rail Link Proposal, November 21, 2001

39. Vermont Western Corridor Study, Final Report, December 1, 2001

40. Rutland Rail Switching Yard Relocation Update, January 2002

41. Long-Range Transportation Plan, January 2002

42. Vermont Rail Business Plan, April 2002 Draft

43. Policy for Determining Responsibility for Warning Devices at Commuter Rail Grade Crossings, September 2002 Draft

44. Field Trials of a Thermal Weed Control Technology for Managing Weeds in RR Ballast in NE Vermont, September 2002

45. Vegetation Monitoring on St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad, December 3, 2002

46. Smart Mobility Rte. 15 Corridor Improvement Plan, DMJM & Harris, 2002

47. Vermont Passenger Rail Study, by Bradford J. Worthen for Vermont Transportation Authority, May 21, 2003

48. Burlington-Essex Environmental Analysis, CCMPO, 2002

49. Burlington-Essex Corridor Alternatives Analysis, DMJM & Harris, 2001

50. Vermont Rail Capital Investment Policy Plan, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Prepared by Parsons Brickerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., October 2001

51. White River Junction Rail Summit, A Vision for Vermont’s’ Passenger Rail Future, September 2002,

52. Audit of the Champlain Flyer Commuter Rail Service, Prepared by Neil Schickner, February 4, 2003

53. Champlain Flyer 2001 Annual Report, Vermont Transportation Authority

54. Albany-Bennington-Rutland-Burlington ABRB Project, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Submitted by: Clough Harbour & Associates LLP, October 2004

55. Vermont State Rail Plan Update, Vermont Agency of Transportation, December 2003

56. Non-Chemical Methods of Vegetation Management on Railroad Right-of Way, December 2003

57. NHS/Railway Corridors, A Proposal for Cost Effective Enhancements of the Rural Transportation Infrastructure, May 2002

58. A Guide to The Environmental Permit Process for Town Transportation Projects, Vermont Agency of Transportation, January 2003

59. Vermont Rail Authority Study Committee, Vermont Agency of Transportation, February 3, 2006

60. The Inequity to Railroads of the Federal Fuel Excise Tax, November 1996

61. Vermont Tourist Train, National Family Opinion, Inc., August 1995

62. Compilation of State Laws and Regulations Affecting Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, August 1995

63. Extending the Ethan Allen Express to Burlington, January 1998

64. State Rail & Policy Plan, December 2006

*Studies that we are aware of but do not have in the Railroad Association of Vermont library.

-- courtesy Anthony Otis, Railroad Association of Vermont

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.