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The Vermont Rail Action Network exists to convert generalized public support for rail in Vermont into an active, organized and unified constituency that helps lead Vermont into a new age of the train. We . . .

Educate:
We inform our members, elected official and the public concerning railroad issues in Vermont

Coordinate:
Our voice is more powerful when it is well-timed and unified.

Promote:
We are ambassadors for the cause of railroads and railroad service

The Vermont Rail Action Network is a team and a citizen's movement, which means your participation is critical. If you believe that Vermont would be better with more trains (and less road vehicle pollution) then we need your voice, your hands and your gumption.

See: 2009 VRAN Accomplishments

Mission Statement:

To improve the environment and to ensure the economic viability of Vermont business by providing cost effective transportation choices, VRAN supports and advocates for the modernization and revitalization of the Vermont rail network for passengers and freight.

Please take a moment to sign up (to the left) for our e-mail newsletter and alerts. (We promise to use descretion: our newsletter will be once a month and action alerts only as necessary). And do consider volunteering (more information here).

Goals for this year:

1. Keep state rail investment from buget cuts
2. Build Our capacity and organizational effectiveness
3. Launch a volunteer marketing and outreach effort to promote rail

Longer Term priorities:

1. Upgrade the rail network for 286,000 lb capacity freight cars

2. Revitalized Western Corridor
(Albany – Bennington - Rutland-Burlington - Essex Jct - St.Albans)
including Middlebury spur to remove 70,000 trucks from Rt 7.

3. Improved passenger train network, including

o Passenger service to Burlington from New York and Rutland and

o Intercity connection to Montreal and

o Burlington / Essex Junction commuter train network

4. Increased passenger and freight intermodal connections

5. Rutland Rail Yard.

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.

 

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