Burlington Waterfront Bikeway

Burlington, VT - 7.5 miles - open for public use

Miles** Station Name Siding
~32.3 [Winooski River Bridge]  
34.7 [Rendering Plant Switch]  
37.1 Burlington  
37.5 Burlington Yd 110

 * Railroad miles from Alburgh
~ estimated from topographic map
Dark face indicates telegraph station in 1937
[Brackets indicate other named points] 

From Rutland Railroad Employee TimeTable No. 97 effective September 26, 1937

The preceding railroad mileage chart has been used as a means of breaking down the information and pictures of the rail-trail into manageable Web Pages. Each Station Name is a link to a web page with information and pictures about that segment of the rail-trail. 

A map of the Burlington Waterfront Bikeway copied from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Web Site. 

Public Transportation

Bus Stop Chittendon County Transit Authority (CCTA) buses provide public transportation on the North Avenue (N) and Lakeside (L) routes that roughly parallels the entire length of the Bikeway. Details of this bus service are noted on the individual pages of this Web Site. These two routes connect with all of the other bus routes that serve other parts of the city and surrounding suburbs at the Cherry Street Station in downtown Burlington. In addition, many other bus routes stop at one or more  places on Battery Street near the downtown section of the rail-trail. Note that all CCTA vehicles feature bike racks.

Train Station Amtrak's Vermonter stops at Essex Jct. (ESX) on a daily basis. Note that the Vermonter features a baggage car with bike racks (available by reservation only). Amtrak schedules are also available at the DVARP Web Site in the traditional format. The (CCTA) Essex (E) route can be used as a connecting bus to the Cherry Street terminal in downtown Burlington as well as a stop near the rail-trail at College and Battery Streets.

Train Station Lake Champlain Transportation Company operates an automobile ferry on a seasonal basis from a ferry dock at King Street (adjacent to the downtown section of the Rail-trail) to Port Kent NY. This ferry connects to Amtrak's Adirondack at the adjacent Port Kent Station (PRK).  Note that the Adirondack also features a baggage car with bike racks (available by reservation only).

Bus Station Vermont Transit (Greyhound) serves a terminal on Pine Street in Burlington (#1986 & #1987) with intercity bus service to most parts of Vermont as well as Montreal, Boston, and Albany. Greyhound and other carriers offer connections to a multitude of other points across the Continental USA. Note that Vermont Transit accepts bikes in boxes as part of the passenger baggage allowance. The (CCTA) Lakeside (L) bus can be used as a connecting bus to the Cherry Street Station in downtown Burlington as well as a stop near the rail-trail at College and Battery Streets.

Books about the trail:

A 7.5 mile section of the Trail within Burlington from Oakledge Park to the Winooski River is described in section 27 of  the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press. This trail listing contains a photograph, historical description, trail head directions and parking, a trail map, trail details, a local trail manager contact, and much more. 

This trail is described in Great Rail Trails of the Northeast by Craig Della Penna. The information includes a historical background of the trail as well as a detailed description keyed to bicycle odometer readings from the author's in person trip down the trail. This book is out of print but copies may still exist in some bookstores.

Federal Funding Summary

Project Name Year City County Federal $ Local $ Total $
Pedestrian Access to Waterfront 1994 Burlington N/A $38,000 $9,500 $47,500

This list is drawn on April 16, 2000 from a database maintained by the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse.  Direct questions to NTEC at 1-888-388-NTEC or by email to ntec@transact.org.

Railroad Abandonment Summary

Item From To Year RR Miles
251 Burlington Rouses Point, NY 1963 RUT 40
From the Directory of Rail Abandonments 1848-1994 in the book Lost Railroads of New England, 2nd Ed. by Ronald Dale Karr, published by Branch Line Press in 1996.

1895 County Atlas - showing railroads [very slow loading]:

Click for Burlington, Vermont Forecast

Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.
This page updated on August 07, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <railtrails@crosswinds.net>. Unintentional errors are likely!

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