Amtrak Fixes In Mass. To Speed Trips To And From Vt.

10/23/11 9:36AM

AP/Toby Talbot
Work on a more direct route through western Massachusetts is expected to make the trip between St. Albans and Washington, D.C., quicker.
Vermont transportation officials say planned repairs to a rail corridor in Massachusetts will be a boon to the Green Mountain State, because they will make trips on Amtrak's Vermonter passenger trains faster.

The Vermonter currently jogs east and then back west as it crosses Massachusetts on the way between St. Albans and Washington, D.C., meaning the trip takes 30 minutes longer than it should.

Work is expected to be completed in 2013 on a more direct route through western Massachusetts, which will make the trip quicker.

Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles says Vermont has been an ardent supporter of the Massachusetts rail work.

Searles attended a ceremony in Massachusetts this past week kicking off construction on the project.

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