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Vermont gets more than $2M in Amtrak rail safety grants

February 19, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is getting more than $2 million for safety upgrades along the route of the Amtrak Vermonter, addressing conditions that resulted in a 2015 derailment.

The money from the Federal Railroad Administration will be used to correct slopes, repair culverts and install rock fall detection systems along the New England Central Railroad, which hosts the Amtrak service.

The state says the project will also improve the service’s operating speeds and on-time performance.

On Oct. 5, 2015, the Amtrak Vermonter derailed in Northfield, Vermont, after it hit rocks that had fallen onto the tracks from a ledge. Seven people were injured. The derailment caused over $10 million in injuries.