PennDot Taking Public Comment on Rail Upgrade

Public commenting is being sought by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as it studies potential improvements to rail passenger service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.

The proposed improvements are aimed at decreasing rail travel times and increasing trip frequency. A study has estimated the cost of the improvements at $1.5 billion to $38.3 billion. The department will continue to accept public feedback through March 31.

“The study has shown that there are significant challenges to improving this service and public feedback will be a valuable complement to these findings,” said Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards in a prepared statement.

Amtrak’s New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian is the only rail passenger service between the two cities.

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