Addison County held an Amtrak Information Meeting today via Zoom and in response to a question about transit connections they said that they have been talking to the transit agencies like GMT in Burlington to have onward connections available. Further details will be provided at a later point and they highlighted that they can't make any promises for the Sunday night arrival, but that on other days there should still be bus service available for arriving passengers.
The northbound Vermonter arrives in Essex Junction at 8:18pm.Does that also hold true for Essex Jct, which is 8:40pm
Union Station in Burlington is 3 blocks away from the Downtown Transit Center.Also wonder if there will be a convenient solution to get from the station to the Downtown Transit Center.
The Port Kent ferry suspension is entirely a private company matter. While it should be run as a region, at the moment GMT is a Vermont agency. I don't think Vermonters would be too happy about their buses running to New York.Now if only GMT and Clinton County buses could coordinate some way to get between Burlington and Plattsburgh via Grand Isle ferry. Port Kent is no longer a way to go.
The northbound Vermonter arrives in Essex Junction at 8:18pm.
Union Station in Burlington is 3 blocks away from the Downtown Transit Center.
The Port Kent ferry suspension is entirely a private company matter. While it should be run as a region, at the moment GMT is a Vermont agency. I don't think Vermonters would be too happy about their buses running to New York.
Burlington has a semi-decent amount of service for the region and density it's located in. Essex Junction has always been an issue.
It's a 10-15 minute walk uphill. I agree with Amtrak25, the station needs to be either served by a shuttle bus to the Transit Center or one or more of the lines start there, otherwise there's not much point in additional bus services for arriving Amtrak passengers, especially in winter.Union Station in Burlington is 3 blocks away from the Downtown Transit Center.
In a small city like Burlington, the first mile/last mile is handled by either the passenger parking their car at the station or the passenger getting picked up/dropped off by family, a friend, or taxi/ride share. Heck, even in a large city like Baltimore with a light rail right in the station and bus stops right at the door, I almost always drive and park, or use a taxi/ride share. Amtrak should have no problem with attracting passengers in Burlington under those conditions. If the local people there want to have better transit connections to the Amtrak Station, that's really their responsibility.Goes to show lack of thought to first mile / last mile for the passenger.
When we did the Adirondack train and ferry bit, we called a taxi from the ferry dock, had them take us to the airport and rented a car. Then we stayed at a hotel on the outskirts of the city that was considerably cheaper. On our way home, we did the reverse, except the taxi took us to Essex Junction and the Vermonter.If they want tourists to come, they should think out of the box, and not all are willing to head to a downtown hotel for $400 a night. They must think they're Boston. Montreal is cheaper.
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