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Keystone Association of Railroad Passengers

Keystone Association of Railroad Passengers

Welcome to the website of the Keystone Association of Railroad Passengers (KARP). Contact us at keystonerail@gmail.com to join our mailing list or send a comment, or visit our Facebook page.

Keystone  Pennsylvanian  Latrobe  5/20/2012
Keystone Service  Lancaster County  12/14/2011  Mark Spada                         Pennsylvanian   Latrobe   5/20/2012   Bob Shoemaker

Next KARP Meeting

TBA

Harrisburg Chapter National Railway Historical Society - Tuesday, September 9, 2014

All Aboard Erie Annual Membership Meeting - Saturday, October 5, 2014 - Speaker: Sean Jeans-Gail VP NARP

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
Death of Rep. Dick Hess, PA House Transportation Committee Chairman - 9/7/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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)

PennDOT solicits online feedback for their long range transportation plan, PA On Track

Pennsylvanian Funding Requirement First Reported


Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Amtrak Route May End - 2/4/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette * Amtrak May Cut Route From Pittsburgh - 2/4/13 wtae.com
Pennsylvania Train Service Must Be Maintained - 2/5/13 Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette * Altoona Could Lose Amtrak Service - 2/5/13 altoonamirror.com
Losing Amtrak Train Would Be Rail Awful - 2/7/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette * Retain Amtrak Service - 2/7/13 altoonamirror.com (reprinted on 2/11/13 at lewistownsentinel.com)
Pennsylvania' Cross State Train Route Could Be Derailed (Includes broadcast of on-board interviews) - 2/15/13 allegheny.org * Don't Derail This Train - 2/15/13 lancasteronline.com
Amtrak's Regulars Treasure the Pennsylvanian (Includes Video) -2/17/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Page 1) * Don't Derail PA's College Students - 2/20/13 triblive.com
Passengers Rail Against Amtrak Cuts - 2/24/13 altoonamirror.com * Our View: Cut Amtrak's Harrisburg-Pittsburgh Route - 2/27/13 cumberlink.com
Lack of Funding Could End Amtrak in Lewistown - 2/27/13 lewistownsentinel.com * The Pennsylvanian: Its Time Has Passed - 2/28/13 triblive.com
More Midstaters Riding Amtrak, But Will State Pay to Keep Service? - 3/1/13 pennlive.com
Pennsylvania Resists Financial Rescue for Amtrak's Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Run - 3/9/13 triblive.com (Note: Train was sold out on March 8)

Pennsylvania And Amtrak Reach Agreement On The Pennsylvanian


Corbett Reaches Agreement to Keep Daily Amtrak Service Between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg - 3/21/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Corbett Reaches Deal to Pay to Maintain Amtrak Route to Pittsburgh - 3/21/13 TribLive * Agreement to Preserve Rail Service Announced - 3/21/13 We Are Central PA
Amtrak Route Saved - 3/21/13 Altoona Mirror * Agreement Saves Passenger Train -3/21/13 Johnstown Tribune Democrat
Train Travelers Will Still Be Able to Get to Pittsburgh From Here Under Agreement Announced By Governor - 3/21/13 Lancaster Online
Governor Corbett Announces Steps to Save Amtrak Service to Pittsburgh - 3/21/13 WHBF-TV * Funding May Save Pittsburgh Amtrak Service - 3/22/13 Pittsburgh Business Times
Governor Corbett Announces Steps to Save Amtrak Service to Pittsburgh - 3/21/13 FOX43 Central Pennsylvania
Deal Struck to Maintain Amtrak's Harrisburg to Pittsburgh Daily Train - 3/22/13 Penn Live
Agreement to Keep Operating Amtrak 'Pennsylvanian' Line Reached Hours After Local Rally - 3/22/13 Lewistown Sentinel
Corbett Announces $3.8M Funding for Amtrak's 'Pennsylvanian' Line - 3/22/13 Central Penn Business Journal
Amtrak to Maintain Western PA Passenger Trains - 3/21/13 WPXI.com * Amtrak to Maintain Western PA Passenger Trains - 3/22/13 York Daily Record
All Aboard: Corbett and Amtrak Swing a Deal on Train Service - 3/26/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette * Score Win for Amtrak - 3/24/13 Altoona Mirror
Amtrak Announcement Sends An "All Aboard" Message - 3/24/13 WITF Harrisburg * Amtrak Line, Regional Train Stations, Will Remain Open - 3/27/13 Centre Daily Times
Amtrak Route's Repreive a Relief to W.PA. Riders - 3/26/13 Pittsburgh Tribune Review
State Commits Annual $3.8 M to Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Amtrak Line - 5/24/13 Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Despite No Transportation Bill, PA Funds One-Year Keystone and Pennsylvanian Operation Starting October 1, 2013


Transportation Bill Clears Pennsylvania Senate - 6/5/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania House Commitee Readies For Vote On Amended Bill FOor Roads, Bridges, Transit - 6/25/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Proposed Pennsylvania Transportation Funding Overhaul Put On Idle - 6/25/13 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pennsylvania Needs Comprehensive, Long-Term Transportation Funding - 6/25/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Weekend Deadline Nears For PA Budget, Roads And Wine Sales - 6/26/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Corbett Signs Nearly $29 Billion Budget Before Deadline - 7/1/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PennDOT Says It Will Fund Amtrak's Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Line - 7/3/13 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Keystone Corridor West Study * Pennsylvanian Press Release * Pennsylvanian Fact Sheet * Help Save Your Train Flyer - Pennsylvanian

State Representative Mike Fleck Supports Continued Funding of The Pennsylvanian
State Representative Dick Hess Offers Support to Preserve Amtrak's Pennsylvanian Line
Rep. Hess Asks About Local Amtrak Line at Budget Hearing (Video of remarks by PA Sec. of Transportation Schoch)
Rep. Hess Applauds Agreement to Save Amtrak's 'Pennsylvanian' Line
Rep. Fleck Applauds Agreement to Save Amtrak Service Between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg
Amtrak's Pennsylvanian Line Will Be Saved (Video of Rep. Fleck Interview)
Amtrak Line Important to Many Pennsylvanians (Video of Rep. Hess Interview)
Amtrak Line Between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg Will Remain Open (Video of Rep. Benninghoff Interview)
Rep. Stern - New Agreement Secures Continued Passenger Service Between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg on the 'Pennsylvanian'
PA House Transportation Committee Public Hearing on Harrisburg-Pittsburgh Passenger Rail Service (Video) - 4/10/13

Johnstown Rally 11/19/2012
Budget Cuts Threaten to Derail Amtrak Service - 11/19/12 Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
Supporters Rally Behind Amtrak - 11/20/12 Altoona Mirror * Rally for Rail - 11/20/12 WTAJ News

Huntingdon Rally 3/1/2013
Huntingdon Rail Service Rally - 2/26/13 wearecentralpa.com * Amtrak Supporters Rally to "Save Our Train" - 3/1/13 wearecentralpa.com
Citizens Rally to Keep Amtrak Route Going - 3/2/13 lewistownsentinel.com * Residents Rally for Train - 3/2/13 altoona.com

Lewistown Rally 3/21/13
Lewistown Amtrak May Close - 3/12/13 The Daily Collegian * Rally to Support Amtrak Scheduled - 3/16/13 Lewistown Sentinel
Agreement to Keep Operating Amtrak 'Pennsylvanian' Line Reached Hours After Local Rally - 3/22/13 Lewistown Sentinel

Pre-Written Letter to State Legislators and the Governor (NARP Website)
Petition to State Legislators and the Governor (change.org)

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Rockwood Amtrak Station Study
Study Streeses Positive Impacts of Rockwood Train Station * Rockwood Amtrak Station Feasibility Study Final Report

Erie
Our View: Amtrak is on a roll for Erie - 5/10/13 Erie Times-News

Lehigh Valley
Passenger Trains Will Be Essential for the Lehigh Valley's Progeny
Kirk Raup Trying to Get Passenger Trains Rolling in the Lehigh Valley
Allentown takes the lead in calling for LV passenger rail study

Scranton
For Cartwright, passenger rail service a legislative dream - 3/17/13 Scranton Times-Tribune

General
Amtrak Pennsylvania Fact Sheet Fiscal Year 2012
Amtrak Sets New Ridership Record (10/10/12 Amtrak News Release)
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
Pittsburgh-Based Railroad Development Corporation Invests in Private German Passenger Rail Service
Philadelphia Inquirer - Looming fund cuts endanger Amtrak's Keystone line
Lancaster train station project chugs ahead; new HVAC system

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
Eastburg Community Alliance (East Stroudsburg)
National Association of Railroad Passengers
New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers
Penn Jersey Rail Coalition
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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