“This has been a very long time coming indeed,” said Joe Flynn, secretary of the state’s Agency of Transportation.
The service will be on Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express, which currently runs between New York City and Rutland. The new route also includes stops in Middlebury and Vergennes.
The Ethan Allen Express now comes to a halt in Rutland. This summer, it will add stops in Middlebury and Vergennes before reaching Burlington, according to state officials.
The decision comes as a relief to developer Melinda Moulton, who fought against a previous proposal to park trains at Union Station in a busy part of the downtown waterfront.
The Union Station site of one of five being considered for overnight storage of Amtrak's Ethan Allen train.
A facility at Montreal's Central Station that will allow customs clearances for both U.S.- and Canada-bound travelers is in the works, but there is no date when it might be built.
The Burlington to Essex Junction branch line should be upgraded to allow Amtrak trains to proceed to St. Albans to be serviced and stored overnight at the existing Amtrak layover facility, until operations are extended to Montreal.
“The younger generation today realizes that we need to have transportation infrastructure of all varieties,” said Brad Worthen, vice chair of the Vermont Rail Action Network.