Governor Wolf: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Allows PennDOT, Norfolk Southern to Move Toward Improved Freight and Passenger Rail Service in Western Pa.
Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation Jennie Louwerse were joined by Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Amit Bose, Norfolk Southern (NS) Regional Vice President Rudy Husband and local officials today to announce that the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) has paved the way for movement toward improved freight and passenger-rail service between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
The Johnstown Amtrak station will get over $27 million in improvements including $16 million from Amtrak and $11.3 million as part of a $24.5 million USDOT Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant awarded to Johnstown.
Amtrak is spending $7.3 billion on a new fleet of up to 83 train sets to replace its nearly 50-year-old rolling stock on the Northeast Corridor and a number of state-supported routes, the national passenger railroad announced Wednesday.
Attached is a KDKA report by Andy Sheehan about the condition of the Pittsburgh Amtrak station. Comments are included by Henry Posner, Chairman of Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corporation. The report says information provided by Amtrak indicates some improvements to the station are planned over the next few years, but suggests not to the extent that would appreciably enhance the experience and impressions of Pittsburgh rail travelers.
Attached is yesterday's Pittsburgh Business Times article discussing how funds for Amtrak included in the Biden administration's infrastructure proposal could lead to increased passenger rail service for western Pennsylvania.