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Leahy says US-Canada deal step to restoring Montreal rail

March 16, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says a new agreement between the United States and Canada is a big step toward restoring rail service between Vermont and Montreal.

On Monday U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Canadian Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney signed a new pre-clearance agreement in Washington. The agreement makes it possible for more travelers to pass through U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspections prior to traveling.

Such an agreement was needed before discussions to create a pre-clearance facility at Montreal’s Central Station. Leahy says the agreement is also a positive step for improving air service between Burlington International Airport and Toronto City Airport.

Amtrak’s cross-border service between Montreal and Vermont ended in 1995. Now Amtrak service ends in St. Albans.

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