Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’

Middletown Station to Open Jan. 10

January 8, 2022

Amtrak will begin using the new Middletown, Pennsylvania, station on Jan. 10 following completion of construction of the multimodal facility.

In a news release, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the new station will have high-level accessible boarding platforms, a pedestrian overpass, elevators, stair towers, on-site parking, and bus loading zones.

PennDOT said the $49.5 million station project was part of an initiative to improve rail passenger travel in the Keystone Corridor, part of which also is used by commuter trains of Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Funding for the project included $25.6 million from the Federal Transit Administration, $15.9 million from PennDOT and $8 million of in-kind work from Amtrak.

PennDOT said it collaborated with the Middletown Borough, Capital Area Transit and Harrisburg International Airport.

In a related development, Amtrak said low-level platforms will go into service on Jan. 10 at its station in the Keystone Corridor at Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said use of low-level platforms is a temporary measure because the current high-level boarding platforms are out of service due to construction at the station site.

The temporary platforms are located less than a half mile away from the previous location of 39 Station Avenue.

Westbound trains will board in the Suburban Square parking lot off Anderson Avenue while eastbound trains will board in the municipal parking lot located off Ardmore Avenue.

Groundbreaking Held for New Depot in Pennsylvania

October 26, 2021
Artists rendering of the planned new station in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Oct. 22 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, to mark the start of construction of a new passenger station.

The $65 million facility will serve Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor and commuter trains of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. It is expected to open in 2025.

It is being built east of the existing station, which has been closed for more than 25 years.

Officials said the original station is located on a curve, which precludes the establishment of ADA-accessible platforms.

The new Coatesville station will have 530-foot-long ADA-accessible high-level platforms with canopies and seating, elevators, ramps, site lighting and security, improved drainage, and surface parking.

Funding is being provided by the Federal Transit Administration ($52 million), Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ($13 million) and Chester County ($700,000).

PennDOT Taking Grant Applications

October 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through Oct. 31.

The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure, the agency said in a news release.

Proposals should offer innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports.

This could include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs.

Instructions on how to submit a project and information on the unsolicited proposal review process can be found on the state’s P3 website,  

PennDOT Seeks Comment on Plans

September 23, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on its draft of the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan and the Freight Movement Plan.

The draft plans can be reviewed through Oct. 19. In a news release PennDOT said transportation plan establishes the overall strategic direction for Pennsylvania’s transportation system for 20 years while the freight plan reviews current and future trends in freight transportation to improve multimodal freight movement for five years.

PennDOT said both plans represent a multimodal approach to improve mobility, safety, fairness, resilience and sustainability for moving people and goods throughout the commonwealth.

PennDOT Taking Rail Program Grant Applications

July 28, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation  is accepting grant applications for its Rail Transportation Assistance Program  and Rail Freight Assistance Program.

RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds while RFAP is underwritten through the Multimodal Fund created by Act 89.

Applications for both programs are available on the dotGrants website until Aug. 20.

During the 2020 grant period, PennDOT awarded $31 million for 26 freight-rail projects.

PennDOT Seeking Bids for New Coatesville Station

July 17, 2021

Bids are being sought to construct a new passenger station in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the project seeks to revitalize the surrounding community with a modern accessible train station and improved connections to the Keystone Corridor.

The new station will improve ADA accessibility and have level boarding platforms, elevators, ramps, and improved drainage and surface parking.

Interested contractors must be registered business partners with PennDOT and submit their bid through PennDOT’s Engineering and Construction Management System.

Contractor construction-related questions must be submitted electronically through ECMS. A pre-bid meeting will take place virtually on July 27.

Coatesville is served by Amtrak’s Keystone Service and the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian.

PennDOT Awards $45.9M in Intermodal Project Grants

April 20, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded $45.9 million in grant funding for 43 highway, bridge, rail, bike and pedestrian projects in 21 counties.

The grants were awarded from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

Among the recipients was McConway & Torley, which received $929,341 for a bulk material transport project to receive and process material deliveries by rail car in Allegheny County.

Projects were selected based on criteria such as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability.

The next round of multimodal grant applications will open in September.

PennDOT Accepting Grant Applications

April 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Office of Public-Private Partnerships is taking proposals for transportation projects from the private sector.

The submission period, which extends through April 30, applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure.

Proposals should offer innovative ways to provide transportation across a variety of modes, including rail, roads, bridges, ports and aviation.

In a news release, PennDOT said applicants can suggest more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs.

The private sector can also submit applications for non-PennDOT-owned assets directly to the board overseeing the public-private partnerships program.

Transportation entities outside of the governor’s jurisdiction, such as transit authorities, can establish their own timelines or accept proposals year-round.

Philly-Reading Rail Service Could Cost $818M to get Started

January 13, 2021

Implementing rail passenger service between Philadelphia and Reading, Pennsylvania, would cost up to $818 million in capital expenses, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation study concluded.

The study found the 12-station, 59-mile service could attract up to 6,400 passengers daily,

However, PennDOT said several significant issues must be addressed to determine the concept’s feasibility.

One of those is whether host railroad Norfolk Southern would  be a “willing party” to negotiate access, improvements and fees.

NS tracks would be used between Reading and Norristown and are not electrified, a fact that could complicate equipment decisions.

The report said the existing SEPTA route between Norristown and Philadelphia is heavily used and might not be able to accommodate additional trains.

Additional studies are needed to make a detailed infrastucture and service feasibility study; a Norfolk Southern operational feasibility study; development of local support and funding; preparation of design and environmental documents; and completion of a preliminary memorandum of understanding between Norfolk Southern and SEPTA or whatever entity would be the project sponsor.

If funding can be arranged the service could be launched in 2030.

Keystone Service Slashed With Little Notice

January 6, 2021

With little advance notice Amtrak on Monday slashed Keystone Service in Pennsylvania, citing low patronage.

The state-funded service between New York and Harrisburg via Philadelphia was cut to seven weekday roundtrips with six on weekends.

Three of the roundtrips will operate between New York and Harrisburg while other trains will operate between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

The new schedule boosts Harrisburg-New York service by one roundtrip.

Six roundtrips plus one additional westbound train have been suspended on weekdays. On weekends, three trains have been suspended.

An Amtrak announcement said the cuts were made “in order to adapt to changing demand.”

It was not the first change to Keystone Service since the COVID-19 pandemic intensified last March.

The service had been cut last spring when the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian also was suspended. The Keystone Service cuts and the Pennsylvanian were restored last June

Weekday trains will now depart Harrisburg for Philadelphia at 5, 6:40 and 8:59 a.m. and 12:05, 3:05, 4:30 and 8:35 p.m.

The 5, 8:59 and 3:05 trains continue to New York Penn Station, which Amtrak is now referring to as the Moynihan Train Hall.

Trains leave Philadelphia for Harrisburg at 5:20, 6:20, and 8:45 a.m. and 1:35, 3:45, 5:35 and 6:42 p.m. Trains leave New York for Harrisburg at 7:17 a.m. and 4:03 and 5:10 p.m.

The schedules and services of the Pennsylvanian are unchanged.

The weekend schedule has trains leaving Harrisburg for Philadelphia at 7:20, 9:30, and 11:35 a.m. and 2:05, 5:05 and 7:05 p.m. The 7:20, 9:30 and 2:05 trains run through to New York.

From Philadelphia to Harrisburg, trains leave at 7:25, 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. and 2:45, 4:55 and 6:55 p.m. rains leave New York for Harrisburg at 9:09 a.m. and 1:05 and 5:17 p.m.

News reports from Pennsylvania media quoted Amtrak spokeswoman Beth Toll as saying Amtrak is experiencing ridership that is 20 percent of what it was before the pandemic.

Railway Age reported that neither Amtrak nor the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued a news release in advance of the service cuts to announce the new schedules.

Instead, the intercity passenger carrier and PennDOT cooperated in issuing a service advisory on the morning that the cuts became effective.

The Railway Age report said it remains unclear whether PennDOT or Amtrak decided to made the service cut and when the decision was made.