An aerial photo of the Vergennes Rail Station

Newly remodeled train depot and new platform in Vergennes at the Ferrisburgh Park and Ride off of Route 22A near Route 7

Amtrak to Burlington

Project Overview

Starting in 2022, Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express train, which currently travels from New York City to Rutland, VT via Albany, NY, and Castleton, VT, will extend service beyond the current line’s terminus in Rutland and continue north to Burlington, with new planned stops in Middlebury and Vergennes. The current plans are for the Ethan Allen Express to arrive in Burlington in the evening and depart southbound in the morning for New York City, with stops in Vergennes, Middlebury, Rutland, and Castleton. The new northern terminus for the Ethan Allen Express line will be Burlington’s Union Station, which is located at the foot of Main Street on Burlington’s waterfront.  

Key construction related news related to the Agency’s preparations in bringing the train to Burlington are listed below:

  • Phase 1-Realignment of the tracks to the east, removal of the platform canopy at Union Station and stormwater and utility work - Completed, Fall 2020
  • Phase 2-Construction of the new platform at Union Station; relocation of the bike path to the west side of the tracks between College and King Streets; railroad crossing and signal improvements on College Street; roadway improvements at the intersection of College Street and the bike path - Ongoing, Spring and Summer 2021
  • Phase 3- Reconstruction of the railroad crossings at King Street and Maple Street; reconstruction of the bike path between King and Maple Streets; track realignment work in the Vermont Rail Systems railyard to accommodate the overnighting of the Ethan Allen Express train - Planned for late Summer through early Winter, 2021
  • Phase 4a- Realignment of LaValley Lane, south of Maple Street, to install new tracks for the Ethan Allen Express - Planned for Fall 2021
  • Phase 4b-Final work in Vermont Rail Systems railyard to accommodate the overnighting of the Ethan Allen Express - Planned for Fall through early Winter, 2021

For more information, contact Natalie Boyle at (802) 855-3893 or nboyle@eivtech.com for construction information, schedule updates, questions or concerns.

AMTRAK to Burlington-Railroad Improvements and Greenway Projects

FAQ Sheet

Informational Flyer

 

Documents

Middlebury Bridge and Rail Tunnel Project Update - 12/11/2020

Vermont Agency of Transportation Announces Amtrak Burlington Train Parking Location - Press Release - 03/12/2020

Overnight Train Storage Study and Addendum - June 2019/December 2019

VTrans Presentation to the Burlington City Council's Transportation, Utilities, and Energy Committee - 11/19/2019

Vermont Rail Council's Ranking of Potential Overnight Train Storage Locations - 12/03/2019

 

Project Correspondence

Letter from Burlington Mayor Weinberger to AOT Secretary Flynn - 11/19/2019

Vermont Rail System Letter to AOT Secretary Fylnn - 11/25/2019

Response Letter from AOT Secretary Flynn to Mayor Weinberger - 12/03/2019

 

Project Design Documents & Schedule

DRAFT Schematic Plans

 

An aerial photo of an Amtrak train in motion on the rail line

 

Project Contact
VTrans Rail & Aviation Bureau Director
Dan Delabruere
phone: (802)-279-2647
email: Daniel.Delabruere@vermont.gov