Environmental Reviews

Environmental Assessment - New York – Vermont Bi-State Intercity

  • 17
  • Dec
  • 2014
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Environmental Protection
KEYWORDS: Environmental Assessment - New York – Vermont Bi-State Intercity; EA; Environmental Assessment; NY-VT
ABSTRACT: The New York-Vermont Bi-State Intercity Passenger Rail Study project is an initiative of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to identify and establish an efficient, intercity passenger rail-based transportation link that will benefit un-served and underserved communities in southwestern Vermont and eastern central New York. This Programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to identify the preferred service alternative and evaluate the potential impacts that the project may have to the natural and human environment. The Proposed Action would retain the existing Ethan Allen service through east-central New York to Rutland, Vermont and add new service through southwest Vermont to Rutland. The existing Ethan Allen service operates between Rutland, Vermont and Albany/Rensselaer New York with stops in Castleton, Vermont and Whitehall, Fort Edward, Saratoga Springs, and Schenectady, New York. The new service would operate between Rutland, Vermont and Albany/Rensselaer, New York through southwest Vermont with stops in Mechanicville, New York and North Bennington and Manchester, Vermont.
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