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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 VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter and host at WAMU in Washington, D.C.
Tedra joined VPR 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 VPR as host and senior producer in March 2021. Formerly a reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, he's passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.