Total State Rail Budget In Context

FY2008 Expended    FY2009 Budget As Passed
Vtrans Total Budget:        
State Total             $191,827,193    $192,352,508
Federal Total           $173,380,370    $203,753,166
Local/Other               $6,637,766      $6,964,561
Central Garage Fund      $14,013,374     $14,930,774
Vtrans Total            $385,858,703    $418,001,009

Rail Budget:        
Rail State                $8,559,935      $8,538,901
Rail Federal              $4,780,900      $8,256,000
Rail Total               $13,340,835     $16,794,901
Rail % of State Funding         4.5%     4.4%
Rail % of Total                 3.5%     4.0%

However see below - the budget does not necessarily perfectly reflect the actual spending.



The story here is that the Agency of Transportation has consistently been spending less than the legislature has directed, with paving & maintenance consistently getting a larger share than directed.  Why has rail been the place for the agency to make up it's budget shortfall?

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.