Amtrak advises against halting rail service

Officials with Amtrak warn that Vermont could find it difficult to re-start rail service if budget cuts force the state to discontinue a route between Albany and Rutland. Amtrak says the nation faces a shortage of passenger rail cars, so getting the train back on track could take a long time.

Train advocates rally in support of Amtrak

About 75 people packed into Rutland’s train station yesterday afternoon to voice their support for Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express.   The train provides daily passenger service between Rutland and New York City.    

Rutland group plans save-the-train rally today

A plan to cut Amtrak service to Rutland isn’t winning any supporters there. A group calling itself the Vermont Rail Action Network is planning a save-the-train rally there at 4 p.m. today to urge state leaders not to cut the service.

Rutland leaders oppose Amtrak service cuts

As part of the state’s budget cutting, the Transportation Agency wants to eliminate passenger rail service between Rutland and Albany, New York. It would be replaced with a bus that would stop in additional Vermont towns.

VPR Evening News December 4th, 2008

Health care advocates say Vermont’s system could be a model for the country; Amtrak service may be reduced; Third priest sex abuse trial opens; Fairpoint expands broadband service in Bennington County; Vt. State Police director will retire next year; and commentator Ted Levin on barn owls.