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. All meetings are open to the public, and minutes are published on this website.
More information can be found at the State of Vermont Board and Commissions website.
Establishing Statute: EO 13-11
Description: The Council advises the Agency of Transportation on statewide rail issues, including enhancing freight railway service, examining existing rail passenger services and the availability of passenger station facilities. The Council also serves as a forum for those interested in rail-related issues.
Rep. Brian Savage
J. Jeffrey Munger
The next meeting of the VT Rail Advisory Council will be on December 16th, 2021, 1:00 - 3:00 PM. The hybrid-live meeting will be at the Dill building, 2178 Airport Rd, Barre, VT, and online, with Microsoft Teams.