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Amtrak and Partners Break Ground on New Brattleboro Station and Platform Upgrades

By June 24, 2024 No Comments

BRATTLEBORO, VT. – Amtrak, in conjunction with the town of Brattleboro, state of Vermont, Federal Railroad Administration, New England Central Railroad and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, broke ground on June 24 for a new Brattleboro station and the state’s first-ever level boarding train platform. Customers will no longer require steps to get on or off a train for a more seamless and safer experience due to the new platform sitting four feet above the top of the rail.

Rendering of the future Brattleboro depot and platform.

“The federal funding from the Biden-Harris Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will transform the Brattleboro rail station with new features and upgrades, putting rail travel in Vermont back on track for more travelers… Everyone deserves to have a safe, comfortable, accessible experience while riding on Amtrak, and this project will help provide the Brattleboro station with important improvements to enhance the passenger experience for all travelers,” said U.S. Senator Peter Welch.

Brattleboro is one of the busiest stations in the Green Mountain State, and the new facility will feature a waiting room with fixed seats for 36 passengers and additional standing room, and a new accessible single-occupant restroom. Other features include:

  • A covered, outdoor waiting area with benches and more standing room.
  • Platform upgrades encompassing an electric snow melt system, lighting, railings, a detectable warning edge and signage.
  • An art installation of the Brattleboro Words Trail, a multi-media, community-produced tribute to the rich literary and cultural history of the area, will be featured on the building’s track-facing outside wall.

This project comes on the heels of recent improvements Amtrak has made in Vermont. This includes a $50 million investment in infrastructure, signal and track modernization between Springfield, Massachusetts, and White River Junction, Vermont, scheduled to be completed in late 2024. These improvements will lead to faster, safer and more reliable service for the Vermonter, Ethan Allen Express and freight trains. In addition, Amtrak recently completed service improvements on the Ethan Allen Express that save 15 minutes of travel time.

Posted June 24, 2024