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Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail

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Pennsylvanian  Horseshoe Curve  7/17/2015
Pennsylvanian   Horseshoe Curve   7/17/2015   Brandon Fiume

Next WPPR Meeting

Monday - April 25, 2016 - 6:45 pm
Carnegie Library - Squirrel Hill * 5801 Forbes Ave. * Pittsburgh 15217
Directions to Carnegie Library - Squirrel Hill
Agenda: Ken Prendergast, Executive Director, All Aboard Ohio - Potential for NYC/Pittsburgh - Chicago service via Cleveland, Toledo and Michigan

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- Harrisburg, PA - Tuesday, June 14


On Track to Accessibility - Report on increasing Pittsburgh-New York service (prepared by Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership in collaboration with WPPR)

Movement for Increased Passenger Rail Service in Pittsburgh Gaining Steam - 9/14/15

PennDOT asks Amtrak about adding second daily round trip between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg - 9/16/15

Addition of Amtrak train is up in air - 9/17/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Among Amtrak's problems is a deplorable station in Pittsburgh - 9/25/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette letter to the editor

Rail ridership is up - what's lacking are frequent trains - 11/15/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reps present proposal to expand commuter train services - 2/26/16 Lewistown Sentinel

Brian O'Neill: Pittsburgh could roll with more Amtrak service - 4/7/16 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sen. Casey to call for increase in Amtrak funding - 5/10/16 WFMZ-TV

Downtown Partnership pushing for more rail service to Harrisburg - 5/14/16 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amtrak Funding Could Help Area - 5/16/16 Huntingdon Daily News

Brian O'Neill: Western Pa., still on wrong side of the tracks - 5/19/16 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

All aboard: Boost Amtrak service between here and Harrisburg - 5/21/16 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Letters of Endorsement for Additional Pittsburgh-New York Service

AARP Pennsylvania
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Central Penn College
Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT)
Green Building Alliance
Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association
Modern Transit Partnership
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
Oakland Task Force
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Sustainable Pittsburgh
Westmoreland County Commissioners

Plan the Keystone West - PennDOT homepage of Keystone West High Speed Rail Study (a.k.a Keystone West Corridor Study)

Executive Summary
Feasibility Report Preliminary Service Development Plan
Menu of Options
Articles about the study
WPPR comments submitted to PennDOT


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

Submitted comments on the State Rail Plan
Allegheny County - County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT)
Modern Transit Partnership (MTP)
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG)
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP)
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto
Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail

WPPR Regional Transportation Alliance Response


Governor Wolf says one train per day between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is unacceptable in May 2014 policy article


Shuster, Amtrak polling well in PA-9 - 11/25/13

Amtrak Monthly Performance Report March 2016

WPPR Letter Urging Change in Unreserved HAR-PHL Seating Policy on the Pennsylvanian


Recent Articles and Information

Cost of saving a half-hour on Amtrak to Harrisburg? $10 billion - 2/14/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
State Looking for Rail Feedback (WTAJ News) - 2/14/15
Cost of high-speed, Pittsburgh-Harrisburg rail link starts at $1.5B - 2/13/15 TribLive
Harrisburg-Pittsburgh high-speed rail could cost $1.5B-plus - 2/13/15 Altoona Mirror
High-speed rail cost in billions, PennDOT study says; Johnstown, Altoona among stops - 2/13/15 Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
Harrisburg-Pittsburgh high-speed rail could cost $1.5B-plus - 2/13/15 Lewistown Sentinel
Harrisburg-Pittsburgh high-speed rail could cost $1.5B-plus - 2/13/15

Virginia to extend Amtrak service to Roanoke by 2017 - 8/12/13 Trains Magazine (posted as a comparison to PA transportation funding problem)
Amtrak's Missed Opportunities - 8/17/13 Trains Magazine (includes discussion of the Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian)
Consider Additional Train Trip - 10/22/13 Altoona Mirror (Reprinted in 11/1/13 Lewistown Sentinel)
A well-deserved plug for an efficient Amtrak operation - 4/9/14
Historic Johnstown station needs repairs, but funding is scarce - 8/10/14 Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
Letter to the Editor: Talking Trains - 10/2/14 Keystone Edge
Rail service, visioning project outlined for regional planners - 11/13/14
Planners want more Amtrak routes from Pittsburgh - 4/2/15 New Castle News
City Council, lawmakers discuss additional round-trip trains - 4/12/15 Altoona Mirror
Report cites progress, 'persistent barriers' in transportation for disabled - 5/1/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Invest in Amtrak: The Philadelphia crash is a warning to Congress - 6/19/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Trains, planes, ports: What improvements are in the works in Pa.? - 8/25/15
Erie group seeks study of high-speed rail to Pittsburgh - 9/5/15

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

When Commuters Took the Train - Heinz Museum Quarterly article about the history of Pittsburgh intercity and commuter passenger rail service (download pdf document from the website)

Fundraising campaign to renovate the Johnstown train station

All Aboard Erie Kickstarter Project

Fall 2014 Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited Delay Problems

Pennsylvania Long Range Transportation Plan (website)
Pennsylvania Long Range Transportation Plan (document to review)

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

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

Amtrak Train Days Promotion - 20% Off with Seven-Day Advance Purchase

All Aboard Ohio Executive Director Ken Prendergast 4/25/16 WPPR meeting presentation - Potential for NYC/Pittsburgh - Chicago service via Cleveland, Toledo and Michigan

Amtrak Ridership Revenues Continue Strong Growth in FY2014 - Pennsylvanian Ridership Up 5.9%, Ticket Revenue Up 9.7%

Archived Articles and Information

Station Rallies for the Pennsylvanian
Articles About Potential Pennsylvanian Discontinuance
Pennsylvania and Amtrak Reach Pennsylvanian Funding Agreement (March 2013)
State Funds the Pennsylvanian
PA State and Federal Legislators Articles and Videos
Documents and Data Sheets


PA Trips By Train (PennDOT/Amtrak website)
Amtrak's PA Trips By Train webpage

Write or call your state officials today. Tell them you want increased service along the Pennsylvanian route.

Pennsylvanian  Latrobe  5/20/2012  Bob Shoemaker         Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian  Pittsburgh 9/12/2014

Pennsylvanian Latrobe, PA 5/20/2012 Bob Shoemaker Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian Pittsburgh 9/12/2014 Mark Spada

Keystone Corridor West Study
Keystone Corridor West Study (PennDOT website)
PennDOT to finish Pittsburgh passenger rail study by April - Central Penn Business Journal 3/1/13
Keystone Corridor West Study presentation notes from the Oakland Transportation Management Association annual meeting 9/13/12

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

Bicycles on Amtrak Trains (Potential ideas and applications for the Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian)
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
Walk-up checked bicycle service begins 8/3/15 aboard Carolinian trains 79/80

Pennsylvania Oil Train Safety Study
PublicSource holds panel on crude-by-rail dangers in Pittsburgh - 6/19/15 PublicSource
Report urges more than two dozen measures to make oil trains safer - 8/17/15 Newsworks
Carriers weigh routing oil trains around Pennsylvania - 8/17/15 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Assessment of Crude by Rail (CBR) Safety Issues in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Final Report)

Reports and News Articles
Lynchburg-Roanoke Amtrak Passenger Rail Agreement Announced - The Lynchburg (VA) News 1/9/14
The Brookings Institution 3/1/13 - A New Alignment: Strengthening America's Commitment to Passenger Rail
Harrisburg International Airport Considers Harrisburg-Pittsburgh Service
Philadelphia Inquirer - Looming fund cuts endanger Amtrak's Keystone line
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial - Keystone rail line shouldn't be threatened

Passenger Rail Advocacy Organizations

Associated Transportation Advocacy Organizations

Websites of Pennsylvania tourist railroads, railroad museums and other railroad-related destinations (

Amtrak Main and Individual Western PA Train Pages, Current Train Status & Train Tracking Map * Northeast Rail Map * Live Video Feeds

Transit Authorities Servicing Western PA Amtrak Routes * Western PA Passenger Rail Photos * Pittsburgh Railways-PCC Era

Contact Information for Pennsylvania State Legislators
Contact Information for U.S. Senators
Contact Information for U.S. Congressmen


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