Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) congratulates Vermont Rail System President David Wulfson for the speedy recovery of state rail lines following the Aug. 28 floods.
Rutland At its annual meeting last week, the Vermont Rail Action Network celebrated the railroad’s restoration from Irene and gave two awards to honor the Vermont Rail System’s investment in the tracks used by the Ethan Allen and to recognize the incredible teamwork of the flood restoration.
David Wulfson, president of the Vermont Rail System, was awarded the Jim Jeffords Award for Community Rail Advocate of the Year in recognition of his commitment to addressing the track issues that had caused timekeeping problems for Amtrak’s Ethan Allen.
Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) spoke, emphasizing his commitment to rail and its necessity for future environmental and economic realities and presented Wulfson with the Jeffords award.
The Herb Ogden award for Rail Advocacy work was presented in recognition of the heroic effort of recovering from Irene, which excepting one bridge took just three weeks.
Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles presented the awards to the railroads, noting that the best advocacy is results.
The important role of the contractors who helped the railroads was highlighted by the governor.
Shumlin called the restoration “extraordinary.”