Reports & Plans

State Rail Plan

The Vermont Agency of Transportation is updating the State Rail Plan and also the State Freight Plan. These updates are coordinated given the importance to Vermont of freight moved by rail.

It is important to maintain a current, well-thought-through rail plan to

 

The 2021 update to the 2015 Vermont State Rail Plan will refresh the data, maps, and proposed projects table. The process is summarized below.

The Vermont Rail Advisory Council (VRAC) will serve as the sounding board for the update of the Rail Plan. In addition, everyone is invited to participate, and planned events include online options.  The following figure summarizes the anticipated general timeline.

Rail plan schedule

Newsletters and Outreach Material
Technical Memos, Reports, & Resources
Contact

VTrans Planning Coordinator Zoe Neaderland: Zoe.Neaderland@vermont.gov or (802) 793-2778.

NY - VT Bi-State Intercity Passenger Rail Study

The objective of the NY-VT Bi-State Intercity Passenger Rail project was to identify and develop an environmentally and operationally feasible intercity passenger rail service for western Vermont and east-central New York.

Several service alternatives were evaluated using a two-tiered screening methodology focused on access & mobility, capital & operating costs, ridership, and environmental criteria. The optimal service design, which scored highest according to the selection criteria, is a new intercity passenger rail service which links the towns of Rutland VT, Manchester VT, North Bennington VT, and Mechanicville NY to Albany NY and New York NY utilizing rail lines from Vermont Railway, Pan Am, and CSX.

Documents:

Service Development Plan

Preliminary Engineering

Final Environmental Assessment

Reports:

Vermont Freight Plan

St. Albans-Montpelier Commuter Rail Study

Boston/Montreal High Speed Rail

Middlebury Spur - Environmental Impact Statement Warning: +100 MB File

Additional Publications