DUMMERSTON, Vt. (AP) — The New England Central Railroad expects to have a washout repaired in time for the Amtrak Vermonter to resume passenger service for the first time since the pandemic started, an official said Thursday.
On Wednesday heavy rains caused the Mill Brook to wash out a culvert beneath the rail bed, leaving the tracks suspended in the air.
Workers expect to have repairs completed by Sunday for both passenger and freight service, said Charles Hunter, a vice president for the New England Central’s parent company Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services.
Vermont officials are planning celebrations for Monday when Amtrak passenger rail service is due to resume for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebrations include $1 fares and return bus service for people who would like to ride the train for a short distance.
The Amtrak Vermonter, which crosses the area that washed out in Dummerson, travels between St. Albans and New York. The Ethan Allen Express travels between New York and Rutland.
The Amtrak train that will carry passengers south from St. Albans on Monday is scheduled to travel north on Sunday, Hunter said.
On Thursday the Vermont Department of Health Department reported 13 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the pandemic began to almost 24,530.
There were three people hospitalized with COVID-19, including one in intensive care.
The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Vermont remains at 258.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Vermont has risen over the past two weeks from 4.43 new cases per day on June 29 to 10.86 new cases per day on July 13.
The Associated Press is using data collected by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure outbreak caseloads and deaths across the United States.
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