On the railroad, Thanksgiving is when rallroaders are away from family, working the biggest travel day of the year. It is the peak of the fall surge in freight, in advance of Christmas. In Vermont it is the season of salt sheds and propane tanks getting topped off for the winter.
So I’m thankful for railroaders, working hard.
I’m also caught up in the excitement of seeing sold out trains and happy arrivals.
For weeks, The Vermonter has been sold out for journeys to New York. Amtrak doesn’t have many extra cars, but strong ridership convinced Amtrak to add an extra coach.
This affects passengers heading toward or through New York. There is still space for shorter trips within New England.
Connecticut River Valley passengers may be able to drive to Greenfield, Massachusetts for additional departures. (Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those additional trains running to Vermont points? That extra capacity would sure be welcome now.)
We made a big splash in July when the train resumed and it seems to have made a big impact. Ridership is about 80% of pre-CoVid times – far above other parts of the Amtrak network which are still feeling the reduction in travel.
VRAN has pulled together a marketing working group to offer our grassroots efforts and advice to further fill the trains. We want to offer information and inspiration so that everybody knows about the service. We advocate for more and better service, but we also want our service to be strong and we know we have a contribution to make. Our contribution is bringing a wide spectrum of people together to make things happen and also the expertise we contribute as riders and rail experts.
The first result of the marketing working group is the production of timetables, since Amtrak no longer is doing so. You can see them here: railvermont.org/civicrm/?civiwp=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/url&u=394&qid=33314 . In January we expect to host a zoom meeting focused on marketing.
Thanksgiving brings togetherness and so do trains. I am thankful this work has brought us together with you. Thanks for your support.
_Your support gives us resources to do the work of communicating our cause of better trains for Vermont. Thank you._
Wishing you the best,
Christopher Parker Executive Director
(802) 536-4607 railvermont.org/civicrm/?civiwp=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/url&u=393&qid=33314
VERMONT RAIL ACTION NETWORK
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