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Vermont transportation agency, city propose rail-yard access project


Yesterday, the Vermont Agency of Transportation and city of Burlington, Vt., announced plans to launch a waterfront and rail-yard access project designed to create a multi-model network of rail, truck, auto, transit, bike and pedestrian connections to the city's southern waterfront and rail yard.

The project would include a proposed interconnected street grid designed to establish new routes to connect Pine Street to Battery Street, enabling trucks to access the rail yard directly from Pine Street and establishing potential sites for mixed-use development.

Some of the property involved in the project is controlled by the Vermont Rail System. Burlington officials have met with Vermont Rail System leaders, who are open to exploring the project with the city, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said in a memo sent to the city council.

The council will decide whether to begin scoping the project at its October meeting.

"This new project will be good for economic development, improve truck access to the rail yard, and provide options to residents and visitors to access Burlington's waterfront," said Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles in a prepared statement.