Vt. transportation officials hope to upgrade Rutland-Burlington rail line by 2021

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Vermont transportation officials say they hope upgrades to the rail line between Rutland and Burlington can be ready sometime next year.

Once those upgrades have been completed, it will be possible to resume Amtrak rail service between the two cities.

Officials have been working for years to upgrade the 75 miles of rail and complete a number of other projects such as station improvements and road crossings.

One of the major projects on the route, a new rail tunnel through downtown Middlebury, is slated for completion next year.

Officials are planning to have Amtrak's Ethan Allen Express, which now travels between New York City and Rutland, continue to Burlington once the upgrades are completed.

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