BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Amtrak is beginning a feasibility study to determine if a new station for the passenger train should be built in the Vermont town of Brattleboro.
Town Manager Peter Elwell said the project began as a joint effort by Amtrak and the town to bring the existing station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“As we work to increase and improve passenger train travel throughout Vermont, these improvements to the Brattleboro Station will greatly benefit travelers from Vermont and the region,” Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports the proposed new station would include an elevated boarding platform that would be the first in Vermont that would allow passengers to move on or off a train without having to step up or down.
Additional amenities include parking, ramps and steps up to the platform level, lights, signage, a new waiting room with an attached restroom, and covered outdoor seating.
The station will continue to feature a staffed attendant within an hour of a train’s departure or arrival time and will also now feature a bike rack and a covered outdoor space.
Amtrak's Vermonter travels between New York City and St. Albans, although service has been suspended during the pandemic.