New Agreement Secures Continued Passenger Service Between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg on the ‘Pennsylvanian,’ Says Stern
HARRISBURG – Passengers who rely on rail service provided by the “Pennsylvanian” will be pleased to learn that an agreement has been reached to preserve service for the foreseeable future, announced Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair).
“Many people in Blair County use the Pennsylvanian rail line to commute to work and for travel,” said Stern. “Rail service continues to be an affordable and convenient travel option for many residents, which is why I am pleased we could reach an acceptable agreement that will keep the Pennsylvanian in service.”
Earlier this week an agreement was reached with Amtrak on a revised funding plan that will preserve passenger service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, which includes stops in Altoona, Huntingdon, Lewistown and Tyrone.
According to the agreement the state will contribute $3.8 million annually to keep the “Pennsylvanian” rail line in operation with one train running daily in each direction. It is estimated to cost $6 million a year to operate. Without this agreed-to funding plan, passenger service would have ended this fall due to the loss of federal funding.
The new level of funding falls within capabilities of Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed transportation plan.
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