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Ethan Allen Express

Train #291 enters the Croton Harmon station en route to Rutland, VT.
Overview
Type Inter-city rail
System Amtrak
Termini New York, NY
Poughkeepsie, NY
Albany, NY
Rutland, VT
Train number(s) 290-293, 296
Operation
Opened December 1996
Owner CP (track)
Operator(s) Amtrak
Technical
Line length 241 mi (388 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Ethan Allen Express
Legend
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0.0 Rutland
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Stop on track
Castleton
Stop on track
14 mi (23 km) Fair Haven
Unrestricted border on track
Vermont/New York border
Junction from right
Adirondack to Montreal
Stop on track
44 mi (71 km) Fort Edward-Glens Falls
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Stop on track
63 mi (101 km) Saratoga Springs
Junction from right
Maple Leaf, Empire Service & Lake Shore Limited
Straight track
to Toronto, Niagara Falls & Chicago
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82 mi (132 km) Schenectady
Bridge over water
Mohawk River
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100 mi (161 km) Albany-Rensselaer
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Hudson River
Straight track Track turning left
Lake Shore Limited to Boston
Stop on track
128 mi (206 km) Hudson
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153 mi (246 km) Rhinecliff-Kingston
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169 mi (272 km) Poughkeepsie
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209 mi (336 km) Croton-Harmon
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227 mi (365 km) Yonkers
Interchange end
241 mi (388 km) Penn Station (New York) Handicapped/disabled access

The Ethan Allen Express is a 241-mile (388 km) passenger train operated by Amtrak between New York City and Rutland, Vermont via Albany. The total trip is scheduled to be completed in 5.5 hours. Its operations are subsidized by the State of Vermont, and the train is popular among vacationers travelling to the ski resort area of Killington.

The Ethan Allen Express is named for the American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen.

Contents

History

When Amtrak's Vermonter began operating in the central and eastern portions of the state with state funds in 1995, the western side of the state pushed for train service to Rutland as well. Federal funds were secured to rebuild the Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad to permit speeds up to 59 miles per hour (95 km/h). Service was initiated in December 1996.

Until May 2002, the train carried a baggage car in which passengers could bring skis and unboxed bicycles as well as checked baggage.[1] The train still has a heavy ski traffic.

Politics

In October 2008, citing budgetary pressures, the Vermont Agency of Transportation proposed eliminating the train and replacing it with a bus. This was not accepted by the appropriate legislative committee.[2]

The Vermont Agency of Transportation again proposed ending the service in January 2009. 200 people rallied at the Rutland station against the cut[3]. Rail advocates, led by the Vermont Rail Action Network[4] and area political leaders[5] organized to fight the cut and plans to drop the service were abandoned[6].

Extending To Burlington?

Plans existed to extend the Ethan Allen to Burlington from at least 2001. A $30 million earmark was obtained by Senator Jim Jeffords partially to fund the work, but most of it remained unspent.

Advocates, led by Chambers of Commences and the Vermont Rail Action Network renewed the push for an extension to Burlington[7]. Advocates believed that service to Burlington (an hour and 40 minutes north of Rutland and the state's largest city) would secure the long-term sustainability of the service by generating much more ridership than Rutland is capable of[8].

The Vermont Agency of Transportation applied for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds to rebuild the tracks to passenger standards (59 mph) which would enable the extension[9].

Route details

The Ethan Allen Express operates over Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad, Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX Transportation, Metro-North Railroad, and Amtrak trackage:


Station stops

State/Province Town/City Station Connections
Vermont Rutland Rutland none
Castleton Castleton
Fair Haven Fair Haven
New York Fort Edward Fort Edward-Glens Falls Amtrak: Adirondack
Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Amtrak: Adirondack
CDTA: NX Northway Xpress, 471, 472
Schenectady Schenectady Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
Rensselaer Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
CDTA: 214, 24
Hudson Hudson Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Maple Leaf
Rhinecliff Rhinecliff-Kingston Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Maple Leaf
Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Maple Leaf
City of Poughkeepsie Transit: Main Street
Dutchess County LOOP: Apple Valley Commuter Train Connection, Hyde Park Commuter Train Connection
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Croton-on-Hudson Croton-Harmon Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf
Bee-Line: 10, 11, 14
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
Yonkers Yonkers Amtrak: Adirondack, Empire Service, Maple Leaf (Amtrak/VIA)
Bee-Line: 6, 9, 25, 32, 91 (seasonal service)
Metro-North Railroad: Hudson Line
New York Water Taxi
New York City Penn Station Amtrak: Acela Express, Adirondack, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Empire Service, Keystone Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, Northeast Regional, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter
LIRR: Main Line, Port Washington Branch
NJ Transit: North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line, Gladstone Branch, Montclair-Boonton Line, Morristown Line
NYC Subway: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E
NYC Transit buses: M10, M16, M20, M34, Q32

Castleton service began January 2, 2010 and the nearby Fairhaven stop was discontinued on January 10, 2010[10]

In the twelve months ending September 2008, 19,314 people traveled to or from Vermont's two stations on this line.[11]

Currently, the northbound trains leave Penn Station at 3:15 PM daily except on Fridays, when it departs at 5:45pm. The trains are scheduled to arrive in Rutland, VT at 9:05 PM (11:30 PM on Fridays). Southbound trains leave Rutland at 7:40 AM weekdays, 10:35 AM Saturdays* and 4:45 PM on Sundays. Those trains arrive at Penn Station in New York City at 1:35 PM weekdays, 4:35 PM Saturdays* and 10:35 PM Sundays.

  • - During the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course (Late July through Labor Day weekend), Saturday departures are the same as Sundays in order to accommodate passengers wanting to return to New York City from Saratoga Springs after the races (Train is scheduled to leave Saratoga Springs at 6:57 PM those days).

& - Train schedules may change to accommodate three-day holiday weekends, as well.[12]

Originally, the train went north in the morning and returned south from Rutland at 1:30 PM.[13]

References

  1. ^ FW: Erosion of Amtrak bike access Posted June 11, 2002
  2. ^ Ethan Allen Safe . . . Until January Posted Thursday, 18 December 2008
  3. ^ Rutland Herald: Amtrak rally draws 200 peopleJanuary 20, 2009
  4. ^ Vermont Rail Action Network 2009 AccomplishmentsJanuary 5, 2010
  5. ^ [1]Rutland Herald: State panel, county delegation speak against Amtrak bus service]January 10, 2009
  6. ^ Rutland Herald: Agency Soften Stance on AmtrakFebruary 26, 2009
  7. ^ [Rutland Herald: Chambers push for revitalized rail systemMarch 26, 2009
  8. ^ Vermont Rail Action Network: Extending the Ethan Allen To BuringtonApril 6, 2008
  9. ^ [2]Times-Argus: Rutland to Burlington state rail service tied to stimulus]December 28, 2009
  10. ^ WCAX: Castleton revives Amtrak serviceJanuary 2, 2010
  11. ^ McLean, Dan (December 5, 2008). AMTRAK:Stops or routes may be cut. Burlington Free Press.  
  12. ^ Amtrak
  13. ^ Schedule

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