Our Trains, Our Future

The Vermont Rail Action Network works to modernize and upgrade Vermont’s railroads for better passenger and freight services. VRAN seeks to improve the environment and to ensure the economic viability of Vermont by expanding access to cost-effective rail transportation.


Breaking News: VRAN's Annual Dinner postponed

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Due to scheduling challenges with our speakers and honorees, we have postponed the VRAN Annual Dinner from November 8th until sometime this winter.  We  have not yet confirmed a new date. We will post that here, as soon as we know.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, and for this short notice.  We expect the location (Montpelier's Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center), focus and amenities will remain the same as previously advertised. 

Tickets remain on sale pending the announcement of this new date.  Those who have already purchased tickets will be contacted directly with information about their options, and next steps.  Thanks (in advance) for your understanding.

With the recent arrival of 12 self-powered Rail Diesel Cars in Vermont, enabling reliable and affordable regional rail service for commuters, there is much to celebrate.  Two of All Earth Rail's recently renovated Budd RDC's will be parked on the railroad tracks behind the Capital Plaza hotel in Montpelier.  We will host a cocktail hour onboard the RDC's for those who arrive early. 

AEAX cars in Barre shop, June 2018-441834-editedJoin us for an evening of networking and fun with delicious food, live music from a swing jazz band, and the presentation of VRAN's annual Rail Awards.  Every participant will receive the new VRAN 'I'd Rather be On the Train' bumper sticker (pictured above).

Tickets are $79 plus fees, on sale now here: BUY TICKET   


Discounted tickets ($10 off) are available only to VRAN members.    Join today & you will get your discount code right away via email. JOIN VRAN TODAY

Tickets are limited; get yours today!  For more details, click here.


Vermont is updating its state-wide Public Transit Plan.  Come to an upcoming meeting to let officials know: you're ready to ride the train to work!

Do you ride the bus?  Carpool?  Uber?  Would you prefer to take the train to work, if that option were available in your area?

GMTA ridersThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) wants your input.  They will be holding regional forums throughout the state in October and November. The purpose of these forums is to gather input on existing public transportation services, service gaps and challenges, and potential solutions from stakeholders and transit riders. 

This is your opportunity to be heard.  Let's demand that trains be added to the mix of public transit options for Vermont.  Tell VTrans: it's time for Trains!

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We're inviting you to become a member of the Vermont Rail Action Network. As a member, you support our mission and organization. Members also get a VRAN I'd Rather be on the Train' bumper sticker, and a discount for tickets to  our gala  Annual Dinner. 




Rail in Vermont is expanding

Vermont is on the cusp of implementing significant rail expansions. Add your voice to help us keep our elected officials aware of public support for Vermont’s railroad use goals.

Rail use can improve the lives of everyone who lives and works in Vermont—even those who have never set foot on a train. How? Good question! Visit our page on the benefits of rail in Vermont for some answers.

All transportation in America depends upon public investment.  Public investment depends upon our elected representatives, who act based on their perceptions of public support.  It is important to make your voice heard.

Here’s what you can do:

Freight by Rail: Get On Board

See how freight rail investments help communities across the country -- supporting jobs, cleaner skies and a stronger economy. 

Improving Passenger Rail
VRAN works with community leaders to make our train stations more welcoming and create better connections to local transit.

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Rebuilding Our Rail Infrastructure
VRAN helps bring new federal and state investments to Vermont to improve rail lines, bridges, road crossings, and stations.