With two dissenters, Barre City Council seeks federal $$ to study commuter rail to Montpelier


Over vehement objections from two city councilors, the Barre City Council agreed to apply for federal money to study a commuter rail from Barre to Montpelier. Renewable power developer David Blittersdorf wants to send diesel powered commuter rail cars from Barre to Montpelier and back. 

"Councilor John Steinman questioned the wisdom investing any money in “ancient technology” to serve two communities that are separated by 7 miles and already have public transportation provided by Green Mountain Transit. Steinman argued buses trump trains — especially the self-propelled ones he believes will likely be used if passenger rail service between Barre and Montpelier is restored after being explored at the behest of the Legislature."

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