Completed Track and Signal Upgrades Allow for Increased Speeds and Reduced Travel Times
NEW YORK — Amtrak, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and New England Central Railroad, announced a revised schedule beginning March 18, on the Vermonter service between St. Albans, Vt. and Washington, D.C.
The new timetable (below) is highlighted by a reduction in overall travel time by up to 28 minutes and is the direct result of a recently completed two-year, federally funded program which provided for the upgrade and repair of a 190-mile stretch of track, signal and other key infrastructure equipment owned and maintained by New England Central Railroad.
“The Vermonter project to upgrade the New England Central Railroad main line is a great example of a very successful public-private partnership, helping both rail passenger and freight services,” said Raymond Goss, Senior, Vice President, New England Central Railroad. “This project involved the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Railroad. We are happy to be part of this partnership.”
As a result of these improvements, track speeds along the route within Vermont have been increased, from 55 mph to a maximum 59 mph north of White River Junction and from 59 mph to a maximum 79 mph south of that location to the Massachusetts border. Below the Vermont border, track speeds will remain unchanged. These efforts will reduce overall travel time and improve reliability.
“We are excited to see these service improvements resulting from our collective investment in this important rail corridor,” said Vermont Transportation Secretary, Brian Searles. “The Vermonter line is essential to our plans to expand passenger service to Montreal and these upgrades also serve to improve our freight-handling capacity. Giving passengers a smoother, faster and safer ride makes Vermont a more attractive rail destination.”
The Amtrak Vermonter route experienced notable ridership growth last year, up 5.5 percent with over 82,000 passengers. Also of note is the jump in its recent on-time performance, 90.3 percent so far this year, up nearly 5 percent from a year ago.
“Due to the untiring efforts of our Federal, state local partners, this important project was completed in an efficient and timely manner, said Joe McHugh, Amtrak Vice President, Government Affairs and Corporate Communications. “This work also advances our commitment to provide faster, enhanced intercity rail service to our passengers.”
The revised Vermonter schedule will be available in stations and can be ordered and viewed online at Amtrak.com. In addition, passengers can get Amtrak schedule information by calling 800-USA-RAIL or on the Amtrak iPhone and Android apps.
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