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- An Amtrak station sign in Burlington
Amtrak will begin long-awaited passenger rail service from Burlington on Friday, July 29, with stops in Vergennes and Middlebury en route to New York City.
Opening day will feature a celebration at Burlington's Union Station at 9 a.m., before the Ethan Allen Express train departs at 10:10 a.m., the Vermont Agency of Transportation said Thursday in a press release.
The new service will run daily, with departures from Burlington at 10:10 a.m. and an estimated arrival of 5:45 p.m. at New York's Penn Station. Northbound trips leave Penn Station at 2:21 p.m. and arrive in Burlington at 9:55 p.m., according to the release. Fares will begin at $75 each way, though the agency teased promotional pricing, including 50 percent fare discounts over the summer.
Ticket sales have yet to begin.
Another train, the Vermonter, also connects the Green Mountain State to NYC. But its route, which starts in Essex Junction and heads through Massachusetts and Connecticut, takes about nine hours. That's an hour and a half more than the new Burlington-Manhattan route on the expanded Ethan Allen Express line, which will cut over to Albany, N.Y., before heading south through the Hudson Valley.