For more than 12 years since the baggage car was removed off Amtrak’s Vermonter, bikes have not been allowed on the train.
Thanks to ongoing behind the scenes leadership from many including VTrans and the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, bikes should be accommodated on board on the Amtrak Vermonter by this summer!
The Vermonter has been selected to pilot a “Bikes on the train project”, wherein the regular passenger cars will be fitted with hanging bike racks for the entire Vermonter route. The announcement was made at the February Vermont Rail Advisory Council meeting by Amtrak state government liaison, Caroline Mael.
Exact details are not quite finalized. There may be a modest fee.
Local Motion has long been vocal in our belief that Vermont can further capitalize on our robust culture of active outdoor recreation to drive a new wave of sustainable tourism. Read the State’s draft Walk/Bike Economic Impact Study here.
Modest steps forward like this will further enhance our brand and encourage our many visitors from southern New England and the Atlantic seaboard to come by train.
THANK YOU: There are many to thank for this success — those who made this deal and those who have kept this issue alive for over a decade. Give it up for: Governor Peter Shumlin and Tourism Commissioner Megan Smith who wrote letters of support, VTrans and their staff (Brian Searles, Sue Minter, Chris Cole, Bob Atchinson), Amtrak (Caroline Mael), Vermont Rail Action Network (Christopher Parker), Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (Nancy Schulz, Dave Cain) and Local Motion members for making our ongoing advocacy possible!