Changes Coming to Essex, Vermont Amtrak Station

November 17, 2015

Some say the busiest train station in the state is need of serious upgrades.

“It’s cold, and desolate, but mainly cold,” says Hussein Sadik, a Junior at the Center for Technology in Essex.  “It’s an atmosphere that’s not welcoming.”Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

Leaders in Essex Junction and Essex Town say they’re listening.  They have been working on a scoping study for the past year to improve the Amtrak train station on Railroad Avenue, investigating how to improve the active hub.

“This is the busiest Amtrak station in the state of Vermont and for a lot of people coming in from New York City to Burlington, this is the first part of Vermont they see,” says Essex Junction Village Trustee President George Tyler.

The $1.1 to $1.3 million project aims to make what is also one of the busiest CCTA bus stations in Chittenden County brighter, warmer, and more pedestrian friendly.

“More light would be nice, because I’m a woman by myself and I don’t like coming over here by myself, it’s dark and scary sometimes,” says Sara Carter who lives in Essex Center.

“When you have parking on one side and a CCTA bus on the other, traffic is extremely tight, then with kids crossing the street and passengers crossing to get on and off the train, it’s a public safety hazard for us,” says Tyler.

Another problem:  the station is not handicap accessible.

“There’s one public restroom and it’s not handicap accessible, most of the facilities here aren’t accessible for people with disabilities,” says Tyler.

Read the full story from reporter Meghan Carpenter in by clicking here.


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