The added White River Jct.-New Haven train frequency in the Colorado railcar DMU plan and the knowlege corridor plan 1b restores connections to Amtrak’s Chicago, West Coast and Florida routes. Before schedule changes imposed by Amtrak for operational reasons broke these connections to the existing train, they typically accounted for 25+ passengers daily. The restored St. Albans-Montreal VT/”Ambus” connection should also produce at minimum 25 passengers each day. Combined these actions alone raise ridership by 50+ per day.These 50 passengers per day, over the course of a year, would alone increase ridership by 18250. Given present VERMONTER ridership of about just over 50,000 per year [since increased to more than 70,000], this would give us a 36% overall ridership improvement even with no other gains.