Here’s how VRAN has helped protect and improve train service in Vermont:

  • Lobbied Amtrak to bring passenger rail service back to Vermont
  • Tiger Grants - VRAN has supported VTrans’ applications for these federal transportation grants, which finance improvements in rail infrastructure such as bridges, crossings, station and track upgrades.
  • Mapping Rail-Adjacent Properties for potential economic development
  • Promote safety around rail tracks and crossings, in partnership with Operation Life Saver
  • Promote rehabilitation of historic passenger train stations
  • Lobbied Amtrak to allow bicycles on Vermont train routes.
  • Fought to preserve Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express route from being eliminated
  • Worked with VT’s congressional reps to secure federal funding for track, railbed and infrastructure upgrades along the Western Corridor and NECR Main Line under ARRA
  • Helped secure state and federal commitments to expand service on Amtrak’s two Vermont trains, extending the Ethan Allen Express north from Rutland to Burlington, and extending the Vermonter from St. Albans north to Montreal
  • Mobilize public opposition to periodic attacks on federal funding for Amtrak’s National Network