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Shelburne's Battle With Vermont Railway Headed To Court

Vermont Railway train
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Vermont Railway train

The northwest Vermont town of Shelburne is taking its battle with Vermont Railway to court over a planned intermodal railway facility off U.S. Route 7.
The town filed a lawsuit last week in state Environmental Court in an attempt to halt the project until it receives a local zoning permit.

Vermont Public Radio reports that Vermont Railways responded with its own federal suit that says the railroad is regulated by the federal Surface Transportation Board and doesn't need local or state permits.

The railroad purchased a 32-acre lot near Shelburne Village last month. About 19 acres of the property will be dedicated to the project, which will replace a similar depot in Burlington.

Town officials claim they have been left in the dark and know very little about the project.

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