Lawmakers To Take Up Transportation Bill

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Vermont lawmakers this week take up a transportation funding package that includes resurfacing a rough stretch of Vermont Route 108 between Cambridge and Bakersfield and buying a train station in White River Junction.

Rep. Patrick Brennan of Colchester, chairman of the Transportation Committee, says the panel came up with an overall spending plan of $553.7 million – about $267 million of it coming from the federal government. That overall target matches the request made in January by the Shumlin administration.

The Amtrak station in White River Junction will be purchased from a private owner for $875,000. Brennan says the state’s paving budget will be down somewhat over the current year, but that’s because federal stimulus funds are no longer available.

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