Rail Service from Burlington to New York City Will Stimulate Vermont Economy
See the following study:
Maine's Downeaster service generates billions and billions of dollars for their economy: http://www.trainridersne.org/webpages/trne_bboard/I0140B4D7
[Study by Center for Neighborhood Technology]
People Move, Build and Hire based on the presence of a train.
1. In Maine, 3.3 billion of construction investment will be generated by the train, adding an additional billion dollars of purchasing power to their economy.
2. The train makes Vermont less isolated - thus more competitive. Retirees come. Professionals leave the city to tele-comute. Hospitals have a recruiting edge in recruiting doctors.
3. Easy transportation brings tourists. Each tourist spends an average of $177 a night (which ripples through the economy ten times before its impact is done).
Improvements for passenger rail also improve the track for freight, making Vermont industry more competitive.
The Train Is a Down-payment on a Clean and Green Future
The "Western Corridor" Is a Transportation Priority for Vermont
1. While driving has declined, ridership on existing Amtrak trains in Vermont is increasing by double digit amounts (in October, both trains were up 17%) - and ridership has remained high even as gas prices have dropped.
2. Rail is more important and more competitive on the western corridor because there is no interstate.
3. Passenger rail on the western corridor is an objective of the Vermont Western Corridor Transportation Management Plan, now being completed. (for VTrans, Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the regional planning commissions).
Continuing the Train To Burlington Is Financially Realistic
An Extended Ethan Allen Does Not Replace the Vermonter!
Our Request: Use Stimulus Funds to Upgrade the Western Corridor -- And Bring Amtrak From Rutland Right Into Union Station