While the old Lamoille Valley Rail Road is now just a part of Vermont history, its footprint is a very exciting part of the state's future. The railway served as a vital east-west transportation corridor from 1877 till its closing in 1994. By the new millennium, after an extensive review process, the state determined that a proposal from VAST to convert the railway into a 4-season recreational trail was the best use of this important asset - and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail was born. Currently a partnership of VTrans and VAST, managed by the LVRTC, is focused on the trail's rehabilitation and realization. When completed, the new LVRT will be an unparalleled experience, spanning the breadth of Vermont from St. Johnsbury to Swanton, and crossing eighteen communities along the route. Nearly 100 miles long, the LVRT will be the longest rail trail in New England, offering spectacular vistas and local hospitality and services for hikers, bikers, equestrians, snowmobilers, snowshoers, dog mushers and cross-country skiers and a host of other users and organizations.
In addition to its recreational and cultural value, the LVRT has very real economic implications for Vermont and the communities along the trail. The year-round influx of visitors using the trail for single and multi-day recreation promises to be a long term boon to tourism. And the estimated two year construction of the LVRT will bring a welcome boost to the regional economy in the near term.
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