May 5, 2024

Allegheny County, rail developer pushing different directions for scenic route from Aspinwall to Homewood

Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) is proposing to operate battery-powered passenger trains on the soon-to-be-abandoned Brilliant Branch of the Allegheny Valley Railroad between Aspinwall and Homewood. The trains would run adjacent to a planned recreational/bike trail.

April 30, 2024

Amtrak Details Great Lakes Stations Improvement Program in FY 2025 Grant Request

The program would need $300 million for "the total cost of improvements to, relocation of, or potential establishment of stations in states bordering the Great Lakes."

March 5, 2024

Amtrak expansion on track

Plans are on track for expansion of the Amtrak Pennsylvanian passenger train service that makes daily stops in Huntingdon.

December 22, 2023

Amtrak Reaches Next Major Milestone in Transforming Long Distance Train Service

Amtrak issued a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) to railcar manufactuers to begin the replacement of its Long Distance fleet.

December 14, 2023

New $143 million grant punches the ticket for Pennsylvania rail improvements

Expanded western PA passenger rail service is boosted by a federal grant, and the writer discusses his Pittsburgh - Altoona trip on the Pennsylvanian.