Current Advocacy

Come Back, Amtrak!

Let's get Amtrak moving again in Vermont.

Regional Commuter Rail

Vermont can run rural-scale low-impact trains to Saint Albans, Middlebury and Montpelier.

Freight Connections

Ensure that Vermont railroads and freight customers have good connections to regional markets and railroads.

Promoting the revitalization of Vermont’s rail network for passengers and freight

Our Trains, Our Future

The Vermont Rail Action Network works to modernize and upgrade Vermont’s railroads for better passenger and freight services. VRAN seeks to improve the environment and to ensure the economic viability of Vermont by expanding access to cost-effective rail transportation.

Become a Member Today

We're inviting you to become a member of the Vermont Rail Action Network. As a member, you support our mission and organization. Members also get a VRAN I'd Rather be on the Train' bumper sticker, and a discount for tickets to our gala Annual Dinner.

Rail in Vermont is Expanding

Vermont is on the cusp of implementing significant rail expansions. Add your voice to help us keep our elected officials aware of public support for Vermont’s railroad use goals.

Rail use can improve the lives of everyone who lives and works in Vermont—even those who have never set foot on a train. How? Good question! Visit our page on the benefits of rail in Vermont for some answers.

All transportation in America depends upon public investment.  Public investment depends upon our elected representatives, who act based on their perceptions of public support.  It is important to make your voice heard.


Here's what you can do:

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3 weeks ago

Rail Plan Update "town hall" 4:00pm

4 weeks ago
Helicopter With Hanging Saws Trims Trees Along Vt. Train Tracks

An unusual sight has been captivating onlookers across Vermont recently. It’s a railroad safety project, with work being conducted high above the tracks. “This is the safest way to trim trees,” ... See more

1 month ago
Vermont Rail System

Rail safety is for everyone, not just drivers! Never walk, run, cycle, ride a horse, snowmobile, or operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on railroad tracks, rights-of-way, or through tunnels. Even if ... See more

1 month ago
Middlebury Tunnel Inaugural First Train

Middlebury Tunnel Inaugural Train

On September 18, 2020, Vermont Rail System in conjunction with the State of Vermont and the group of contractors responsible for constructing a new tunnel un...

1 month ago
Amtrak, where are you?

by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine While the prospect of Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express reaching Burlington late next year has many people excited, the train from New York's Penn Station isn't ... See more

1 month ago
When will Amtrak resume services in Vermont?

Train whistles can still be heard through St. Albans on a daily basis, but none of them since March have indicated that passengers are making their way down the line.

Improving Passenger Rail

VRAN works with community leaders to make our train stations more welcoming and create better connections to local transit.

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Rebuilding Our Rail Infrastructure
VRAN helps bring new federal and state investments to Vermont to improve rail lines, bridges, road crossings, and stations.