Federal funds to fix state railroads

Published: Sep. 10, 2023 at 8:17 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - More federal cash is on the way to fix up Vermont railroads. According to Vermont’s Agency of Transportation, this summer’s floods knocked out about 63 miles of state-owned rail. Officials are still assessing how much repairs will cost taxpayers. But this week, federal leaders announced that the federal government will cover the cost of rebuilding all state-owned rail

“FEMA has finally recognized that the state of Vermont is responsible for the maintenance of Vermont rail. That is a breakthrough because that means that the state of Vermont will be eligible for tens of millions of disaster relief to rebuild the rails,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont.

It’s not yet known when the money will be available to the state.