The Vermont Rail Council was originally created by executive order in 1993 to provide advice to the Governor and the Agency of Transportation on rail issues. Governor James Douglas' Executive Order #13-03, dated August 5, 2003, established the Vermont Rail Advisory Council and designated its membership and duties anew. This new executive order supersedes Executive Order #08-01. Membership is drawn from owners of private rail industry, operators of state-owned railroads, freight shippers, environmental and economic development organizations, regional chambers of commerce, regional planning commissions, the House and Senate Transportation Committees, and travel and recreation organizations.
The Council meets quarterly, and recently voted that: "Beginning with the February 17, 2016 meeting the Rail Council will meet the third Wednesday every three months thereafter in May, August, November, and February, or as needs dictate." All meetings are open to the public, and minutes are published on this website.
Meetings are held in the AOT 5th Floor Boardroom, Dean C. Davis Building, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont 05633. The Rail Council is staffed by VTrans Rail and Aviation Bureau administration.
Rep. Brian Savage