Community input sought on rail study

Community input sought on rail study

There are 1 comment on the The Bennington Banner story from Mar 13, 2014, titled Community input sought on rail study. In it, The Bennington Banner reports that:

Would you like to be able to hop on a train to take you from the Bennington area to points north or south? Bring your opinion to a meeting to be held at Arlington Memorial High School on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. to discuss a rail study and get community input.

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“Get off my lawn!”

Since: Jun 11

People's Republic of VT

#1 Mar 14, 2014
"In 1944, the year I was born, 50 percent of all in intercity trips were done by rail," said George Lerrigo, who has been part of a local rail advocacy group, the Southwestern Vermont Rail Corridor Committee, "Amtrak [makes up] about two to three percent of intercity trips now. So we've gone from 50 to two and we wonder why we have full highways."

...and 200 years ago, most intercity trips were by horse or foot. Maybe we should go back to those days.

Despite romantic fantasies, rail traffic is not economical anymore except where large amounts of people want to go on the exact same route (e.g., NY to DC).

Southwest ALB to BWI roundtrip from $204 takes less than 2 hours each way.
Amtrak same route,$266 and takes over 6 hours each way. And this is one of the better serviced routes.

Unless you're a drug dealer, you take the plane.

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