New safety and health measures are in place for customers
Barre, VT. – To celebrate Amtrak and Vermont Agency of Transportation’s (VTRANS) previous announcement of the restoration of its Vermont train service, customers can take advantage of $1 fares are being offered for travel within Vermont on its first day of service, Monday, July 19 when using the promo code V102 or via Amtrak.com/Vermont. Celebratory events will also kick off with local dignitaries on the same day at 7:30 a.m. at the Rutland Station for the return of the Ethan Allen Express and at 8:30 a.m. at the St. Albans Station for the return of The Vermonter. In addition, customers can save 50% on future summer travel plans when booking now through Thursday, July 15 for travel between Monday, July 19 and Monday, September 6 to select locations throughout New England on either train. Operation Lifesaver of Vermont will also be providing short presentations on rail safety at each event.
“The state of Vermont has so much to offer – and customers can experience the state and the summer in a variety of ways, as we celebrate the return of The Vermonter and Ethan Allen Express,” said Amtrak Vice President, State Supported Services Ray Lang. “We hope residents and visitors can join us at our events and can have a safe and relaxing trip whether it’s to see friends and family, see or stay in one of the state’s many charming towns, go on a food tour, enjoy an outdoor biking or hiking adventure or more.”
“VTrans is thrilled to be welcoming back its Amtrak trains on July 19th and looks forward to celebrating their return with celebratory events at every Amtrak train station in Vermont,” said Amtrak Grants Program Manager for the Vermont Agency of Transportation and State Coordinator of Operation Lifesaver of Vermont Toni Clithero.
Customers are also encouraged to purchase tickets via the Amtrak app, which also provides further information and the ability to book, board, check train status and access information from the convenience and safety of a mobile device. Amtrak encourages boarding with eTickets, which conductors scan from the app.
Rutland Mayor and Operation Lifesaver of Vermont Board Member David Allaire and Vice-Chair of the House Transportation Committee, Representative Butch Shaw, will be speaking at the Rutland event. Congressman Peter Welch, Amtrak Vice President, State Supported Services Ray Lang, VTrans’ Secretary Joe Flynn, St. Albans’ Mayor Tim Smith and Village of Essex Junction Board of Trustees President Andrew Brown, among others, will be speaking at the St. Albans event.
The celebratory events begin 45 minutes before the trains are scheduled to arrive at all stations. VTrans will also be providing return shuttle service in advance of these events. Seating is limited and is being offered on a first come, first served basis. Reserve your seat now here.
Amtrak has made and continues to make incredible investments to come out of the pandemic as a new and improved company. Customers should be advised that Federal law requires all customers and employees to wear a mask at all times while onboard trains and the VTrans’ shuttles and in stations, regardless of vaccination status or state or local laws. Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law; passengers may be subject to penalties under federal law, denied boarding, removed from the train and banned from future travel in the event of noncompliance.
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