Rutlanders want Ethan Allen Express to stay

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(Host) At least 75 people crowded into the Rutland train station about an hour ago to show their support for the Ethan Allen Express passenger train.

In a budget-cutting move, the Douglas administration has proposed eliminating the train between Rutland and Albany, New York.

It would be replaced by a bus that would serve Bennington, Rutland and Burlington.

Rutland leaders say the city needs the Ethan Allen Express for its economic survival. And they say the train is successful – it carried 17% more passengers in the past year.

Legislators are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the issue later this week.

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