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New rail being laid in western Vermont corridor

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Work on installing new rails in the western Vermont rail corridor will begin soon as part of the long-term goal of restoring passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington.

Quarter-mile-long sections of rail were delivered last week to Burlington ahead of their installment on the line between Burlington and Vergennes (ver-JEHNZ').

Chris Cole of the Agency of Transportation says crews next year will begin installing additional rails for a 20-mile stretch between Rutland and Leicester.

Once that work is completed, it will leave an 11-mile gap that must be filled to complete the track upgrade of the 75-mile stretch between Rutland and Burlington. Cole says officials hope to learn next month if a federal grant for that project will be approved.

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