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All aboard! Burlington-to-NYC passenger train opens for business

The Ethan Allen Express passenger train at the Rutland station in 2012.
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The Ethan Allen Express passenger train at the Rutland station in 2012.

Live call-in discussion: July 29 marks a milestone for train enthusiasts in Vermont. It’s the first day in decades that you can board a train in Burlington — the Ethan Allen Express — and take it to New York City. It’ll get you there in about seven and a half hours.

This hour, we'll look at the massive effort it took to expand the line from Rutland up to Burlington, and why state leaders see the project as a boon for the local economy.

At the end of the hour, we'll learn about New Hampshire's Mount Washington Cog Railway with the son of a former Cog Railway engineer.

Our guests are:

Broadcast live at noon on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Mikaela Lefrak joined Vermont Public in 2021 as co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.
Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.