MONTPELIER, Vt. — Commuter rail could connect St. Albans and Essex Junction as soon as next summer if state leaders act soon.
David Blittersdorf, owner of All Earth Renewables, has purchased 12 fully restored self-propelled passenger rail cars and hopes state lawmakers grab the opportunity to establish new commuter train service.
One of the 94-passenger cars was on display Wednesday near the Statehouse allowing lawmakers in town for orientation briefings to see one up close.
Blittersdorf says the first logical route would connect St. Albans to the Global Foundries campus in Essex Junction, a trip thousands of Vermonters make every day by car.
Schedules would integrate with Chittenden County buses, he said, and train cars could continue on from Essex Junction to Montpelier.
The company's analysis suggests an operator could charge significantly less in fares than commuters are now spending driving a car the same distance.