- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Railways is set to proceed with the construction of a much-debated transfer facility along the LaPlatte River in Shelburne following a favorable federal court decision.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/29hRg3V ) Judge William Sessions III’s ruling Wednesday supported the railway’s claim that the interstate transportation facility should be exempt from planning and zoning regulations.

Shelburne officials attempted to block the transfer facility project by citing environmental and traffic concerns. Sessions wrote in his opinion that he will reassess the town’s objections after the railroad finalizes its plans.

Seldon Houghton, Vermont Railways’ assistant vice president, says engineering on the project is close to complete and the company looks forward to serving Vermonters in the winter.

Town officials are set to meet Thursday to discuss a potential appeal of Sessions’ ruling.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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