Vermont edges closer to upgraded air, rail travel with Canada

Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017

VermontThis week Senator Patrick Leahy had called for action by the Canadian Parliament to pass new customs preclearance language into law that would be making probable improved rail and air travel between Vermont and other points in Canada and the United States.


For an Amtrak rail crossing, the officials of Vermont have previously told the media that logistics would still have to be worked out in an appropriate way to establish a station in Montreal to deal with customs and other formalities.


Amtrak’s Montrealer line used to operate service between Quebec, Montreal, Washington, DC that serves Vermont stations along the way.


That cross-border service had concluded in the year 1995. During this time, St. Albans had become the terminus for the new Vermonter train.


The Canadian Senate had passed the legislation known as C-23 last week.


And this bill took its final step in the Canadian legislative process on Tuesday night, receiving Royal Assent. When the law would be eventually adopted, air travel would witness streamlined customs procedures and later, even rail service between Burlington and Canadian cities and between other U.S. and other Canadian destinations.


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