Vermont’s congressional delegation says the state is poised to receive $50 million to help pay for upgrades to the rail line used by the Amtrak Vermonter passenger train.
The funding will help improve track, roadbed and bridges along 190 miles of track the Amtrak Vermonter uses between St. Albans and Springfield, Massachusetts
The upgrades are expected to reduce trip times and improve reliability.
Senator Patrick Leahy says the grants are part of $8 billion in high speed rail awards across the country.
Officials say another $500,000 was awarded for studies of a proposal to reroute Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express service between Rutland and New York.