Train Lovers Rejoice

After sixteen long months, the trains are running in Vermont with stations including Brattleboro and Bellows Falls starting July 19th according to sentinelsource.com.  I would love to take a train ride through Vermont in the Fall.  All Amtrak service was put to a halt due to the state of emergency declared because of the pandemic.  Vermont is certainly back on track with a high level of its residents vaccinated.

 

New Trains are Coming

 

Amtrak released a statement recently that they have contracted with Siemens Mobility Inc. to build a new fleet of trains that will be used for the northeast service.  Some of those trains will be hybrid models.  They will include much-needed upgrades such as USB ports for charging, onboard Wi-Fi, and expanded food options.  They will also have enhanced HVAC systems and touchless bathroom controls.  Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn says, “These new trains will reshape the future of rail travel by replacing our aging 40- to the 50-year-old fleet with state-of-the-art, American-made equipment.  This investment is essential to preserving and growing our Northeast Regional and state-supported services and will allow our customers to travel comfortably and safely, while deeply reducing criteria pollutants,” per reporting by sentinelsource.com.

 

Celebrate with Amtrak

 

There will be celebrations held at many Vermont train stations, you can check their website.  On July 19th Amtrak is offering $1 fares for one-way tickets within the state. There will be many festivities throughout the day at different stops including a live jazz band, some free gelato and even some Maple Creemees!

 

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