vnews.com 29 Sep, 2020 13:45 am

WRJ welcome center says goodbye

WRJ welcome center says goodbye
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The state welcome center at the downtown train station will not reopen after state officials opted not to include funding for it in the state budget, citing low visitor numbers.The center has been partly funded by a $37,500...

Closed since Amtrak service stopped in March due the pandemic, the Welcome Center at the train station in White River Junction, Vt.By LIZ SAUCHELLI Valley News Staff Writer Published: 9/28/2020 9:30:01 PM Modified: 9/29/2020 12:05:54 AM WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The state welcome center at the downtown train station will not reopen after state officials opted not to include funding for it in the state budget, citing low visitor numbers.The building is owned by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the welcome center space is leased to the town of Hartford.“The purpose of the welcome center is to welcome visitors, to answer their questions and have a good pleasant experience when they’re visiting in Vermont,” said Gayle Ottmann, longtime manager of the center, which also included a small gift shop, the profits of which contributed to its upkeep.

” The welcome center, downtown for 20 years, was part of a statewide initiative to get visitors off the interstates and into downtown, said David Briggs, owner of the Hotel Coolidge in downtown White River Junction.A similar welcome center is in downtown Montpelier.

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