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Essex Junction seeks funds to renovate Amtrak station

July 18, 2021 GMT

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — The village of Essex Junction is seeking to improve its Amtrak station.

The chair of the board of trustees told WCAX-TV that the board has requested $3 million in federal funding to renovate the train station and give it a modern look.

“We really want to make sure that when people come and see the train station it’s something that they feel comfortable stopping at and not something they feel scared or intimidated (by),” said Andrew Brown, village president and chairman of the board.

The station is the most used Amtrak hub in Vermont and renovations are needed to make it accessible and to upgrade bathrooms and the waiting area, the board said.

Amtrak is expected to resume service next week after it was shut down during the pandemic.