Pa. City Revives Efforts to Become Amtrak Stop

Officials in Rockwood, Pennsylvania, are seeking to have Amtrak create a flag stop in their town for the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited.

City officials have hired two lobbying groups to help them pursue creating a station.

Located in Somerset County, Rockwood has sought an Amtrak station in the past.

When the idea surfaced about a decade ago, Amtrak estimated creating a station in Rockwood would cost $3.9 million and would generate 2,100 passengers annually.

Officials hope agreeing to become a flag stop will cost less than establishing a full station stop.

The Amtrak lobbying effort will be an add on to a $5,000 a month contract the city has with Washington-based lobbyist Pendulum Strategies and South Carolina-based Nelson Mullins to pursue a highway project.

Host railroad CSX has expressed concern about the Rockwood stop, saying it might cause possible freight-train delays.

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