MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Montpelier has applied for a grant that would study launching a light rail service in Vermont.

The Planning and Development Department prepared and submitted the $250,000 grant application to the Federal Transit Administration Friday. The Times Argus reports it is currently not known when the FTA will respond.

The application is a partnership with the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission to help identify opportunities for a passenger rail corridor on an existing rail line linking Barre, Berlin and Montpelier.

The planning process will include a feasibility study looking at the administrative and financial capacity of Green Mountain Transit as operator, an economic impact study and an infrastructure needs assessment.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/