Deal reached to keep Harrisburg to Pittsburgh train service

Written by Tim Lambert | Mar 21, 2013 4:30 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- An agreement has been reached between Amtrak and PennDot to keep the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg line operational.

Under the revised agreement with Amtrak, the commonwealth's contribution will be $3.8 million.

The service is subject to a new funding agreement that requires Amtrak to recover more costs than it did previously.

The state did not have to pay any funds in the past, but balked at Amtrak's initial request for $6.5 million toward the operating expenses of the route.

“I am committed to finding sensible solutions that recognize the constraints we in government face, but at the same time provide needed services,” Governor Corbett said. “I am happy that PennDOT and Amtrak were able to come to a revised agreement.”

The Corbett administration says money to continue the service is covered by the governor's pending transportation funding plan.

The line known as the Pennsylvanian travels through several communities, including Lewistown, Mifflin County, and carries an average of 568 people per day.

“I’m pleased an agreement has been reached,” Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Casey, a Democrat, said. “Rail transportation is a key part of our state’s economy and this news is a win for travelers and businesses who use this line."

Stops include Lewistown, Huntingdon, Altoona, Johnstown and Greensburg. Travelers can also go on to New York or Chicago on the same train.

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