Rail lines run through many of Vermont’s existing town and village centers, with commercial buildings clustered nearby. Many of these buildings now sit vacant, or house businesses that do not take advantage of the easy access to shipping and markets that railroads provide. Under-utilized or vacant trackside properties represent a largely untapped resource, and could be an engine for job growth, if properly marketed.
Reliable passenger train service brings increased tourism, reduces the impact of traffic on our roads, and lowers our transportation system's carbon footprint. Expanded passenger rail service offers the promise of a more convenient, lower-cost commute and higher-paying jobs. New transit stations are a proven catalyst for sustainable economic development that fits within the fabric of Vermont's existing downtowns and village centers.
Expanded passenger rail service offers the promise of a more convenient, lower-cost commute and higher-paying jobs to communities within a 1-hr. train ride of major employers. Consider this: