Pittsburgh Mayor Gainey transition plan calls for improved transit access to an upgraded Amtrak station
"Improve connections between existing transit lines in Downtown connecting people to public transportation from Allegheny and surrounding counties, Greyhound, and Amtrak. The area from the Convention Center to the Amtrak station can include pedestrians, bikes, and even kayaks in a welcoming place for residents and visitors. Encourage Amtrak to invest in its downtown Amtrak Station to make a more friendly place for its expanded service." (page 105)
Amtrak unveiled its summer schedule which includes the restoration of four long distance trains to daily service.
PennDOT has awarded a $1.29 million multimodal grant to help the city renovate the downtown transportation center.
"Building an expanded, improved Amtrak service with ticket prices that passengers can afford would emphasize to future generations that there is indeed a pleasant, comfortable alternative to motor vehicle transportation on increasingly congested highways."
"On Feb. 18, Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation Jennie Louwerse, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Amit Bose and Norfolk Southern Regional Vice President Rudy Husband, along with elected officials from the region, held a press conference in Pittsburgh, announcing that plans are being negotiated to make improvements necessary to increase passenger-rail service on the NS-owned corridor west of Harrisburg."