Keystone Association of Railroad Passengers

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Today's Poll Question: Do you support restoring passenger rail service from the Lehigh Valley to New York City and Philadelphia? - 10/15/15 The Morning Call (Allentown)

Twelve Year Transportation Program Survey (Comments due by May 29, 2015)

New Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thruway Bus Service (April 2015)

PennDOT Schedules Public Meetings for Review of Update to Statewide Rail Plan - 8/31/15
September 15 - Pittsburgh; September 16 - State College; September 17 - Philadelphia; all meetings 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, see above article for locations
Draft 2015 Pennsylvania State Rail Plan - Comments due by October 2

Amtrak Deals and Promotions

Modern Transit Partnership 2016 Transit Luncheon - Go West! Promoting Expanded Rail Service Across the Commonwealth - Keynote Speaker: Governor Tom Wolf - Harrisburg - Tuesday, May 17

Harrisburg Chapter National Railway Historical Society monthly meeting - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Harrisburg Chapter National Railway Historical Society Train Show - Saturday, March 11, 2017

Recent Articles and Information

Virginia to extend Amtrak service to Roanoke by 2017 - 8/12/13 Trains Magazine (posted as a comparison to PA transportation funding problem)
Amtrak,Pa. officials trying for funding plan to keep passenger service - 8/16/13 Philadelphia Inquirer
PennDOT: Rail needs funding to operate - 8/16/13 Altoona Mirror
Amtrak's Missed Opportunities - 8/17/13 Trains Magazine (includes discussion of the Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian)
Restoration of 30th St. Station's exterior to start soon - 8/17/13 Philadelphia Inquirer
Amtrak Tests Bike on Board - 8/18/13 Plattsburgh, NY Press-Republican (relevance to Capitol Limited)
PennDOT to fund rail for entire year - 8/18/13 Altoona Mirror
Trains and trade-offs (PA State Rep Brad Roae) - 8/20/13 Philadelphia Inquirer Letters to the Editor
PennDOT, Amtrak reach agreement - 8/21/13 Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
Pa. picks up $15.5 M tab for cross-state trains - 10/1/13 Philadelphia Inquirer
Amtrak: Five years to no food service losses - 10/4/13 Railway Age
Consider Additional Train Trip - 10/22/13 Altoona Mirror (Reprinted in 11/1/13 Lewistown Sentinel)
Middletown train station back on track - 10/23/13
Historic Johnstown station needs repairs, but funding is scarce - 8/10/14 Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
Last public grade crossing on Keystone Service corridor to close - 9/18/14

PennDOT solicits online feedback for their long range transportation plan, PA On Track, by December 15
Pennsylvania Long Range Transportation Plan (document for review)

Amtrak Monthly Performance Report September 2016

Fundraising campaign to renovate the Johnstown train station


Rockwood Amtrak Station Study
Study Streeses Positive Impacts of Rockwood Train Station * Rockwood Amtrak Station Feasibility Study Final Report
Amtrak studying a 'flag stop' in Rockwood - 7/29/15 Daily American

Our View: Amtrak is on a roll for Erie - 5/10/13 Erie Times-News
Eastgate advisory board talks about high-speed rail service - 9/5/14 (Youngstown, OH)
New York-Buffalo-Cleveland-Chicago Corridor Improvement Proposal - March 2014

Lehigh Valley
Passenger Trains Will Be Essential for the Lehigh Valley's Progeny - 7/17/12 The Morning Call
Kirk Raup Trying to Get Passenger Trains Rolling in the Lehigh Valley - 3/14/13 WFMZ-TV Allentown
Allentown takes the lead in calling for LV passenger rail study - 7/18/13 WFMZ-TV Allentown
Commuter rail service in the Lehigh Valley worth a second look says planning executive - 6/21/14
Bethlehem City Council community development committee gives nod to Lehigh Valley Railway - 8/28/14 WFMZ-TV Allentown
Will passenger service be a part of Lehigh Valley's future? - 10/13/15 The Morning Call (Allentown)
Lehigh Valley studying viability of restarting service to Philadelphia area - 10/15/15

For Cartwright, passenger rail service a legislative dream - 3/17/13 Scranton Times-Tribune
Scranton has place for train station - 2/1/14
Delay isn't the end of the line for Scranton's rail link to New York City - 2/1/14
Our Opinion: Pennsylvania should pony up the cash to bring passenger rail to Scranton - 9/3/14
Our Opinion: Momentum for passenger rail service between Scranton and NYC can build with your help - 9/10/14
New Jersey DEP reviewing permit for work on Scranton-NYC passenger rail line - 1/8/15 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Times Leader
Passenger train proponents: Spend big bucks on proposal - 10/13/15 The Scranton Times-Tribune
Plans for commuter rail to Northeast PA have not left the station, but desire remains - 10/13/15 The Morning Call (Allentown)

The Brookings Institution 3/1/13 - A New Alignment: Strengthening America's Commitment to Passenger Rail
PennDOT to finish Pittsburgh passenger rail study by April
Keystone Corridor Study
Frustrations of Air Travel Push Passengers to Amtrak
Harrisburg International Airport Considers Harrisburg-Pittsburgh Service
Philadelphia Inquirer - Looming fund cuts endanger Amtrak's Keystone line
Lancaster train station project chugs ahead; new HVAC system

Bicycles on Amtrak Trains
NYBC Advocates for Unboxed Bicycle Carriage in Amtrak Trains - 12/16/12 New York Bicycling Coalition
Amtrak and MDOT Welcome Bicyclists to Michigan Blue Water Trains - 8/29/13 Amtrak News Release
Amtrak debuts bike racks on Blue Water Line service (9/6/13 Amtrak/Michigan DOT video)
Amtrak tests bicycle roll-on service on Capitol Limited route between Pittsburgh and D.C. - 10/15/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Cyclists test roll on/roll off service on Amtrak - 10/16/13 TribLive
Amtrak to welcome bicycling passengers by end of the year - 6/24/14 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bicycles soon to be welcome on Amtrak trains - 7/5/14 TribLive
Amtrak ready to allow roll-on bike service between Pittsburgh, D.C. - 8/28/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bicyclists test out roll-on train service for Amtrak - 8/29/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Amtrak Offers More Bike Service on the Capitol Limited - 9/14/15 Amtrak news release
Bicycles now welcome on Amtrak's Capitol Limited - 9/15/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Roll on, roll off service begins; Connellsville will benefit - 9/16/15
Roll Your Bicycle Onto Amtrak's Capitol Limited With New Service Launched on Monday! - 9/16/15
Bring Your Bicycle Onboard - Amtrak list of trains handling walk-on or walk-up checked bicycle service

Passenger Rail Funding Plans in Other States
Vermont Governor Boosts Amtrak Service to Burlington

Amtrak Main and Individual Pennsylvania Train Pages, Current Train Status & Train Tracking Map

Passenger Rail Advocacy Organizations
All Aboard Erie
All Aboard Ohio
Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers
Lackawanna Coalition
National Association of Railroad Passengers
New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers
Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority
SMART Lehigh Valley
Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail

PA Trips By Train

Northeast Rail Map

Pennsylvania Passenger Rail Photo Section

Transit Authorities Servicing Pennsylvania Amtrak Routes

Contact Information for Pennsylvania State Legislators

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