Plan the Keystone
Herald Mail Media
Among the states, Pennsylvania is the fifth highest in total miles of railroad tracks, with more than 5,000 route miles of tracks served by 55 companies. It is a leader in the number of carloads and tons originating and terminating within the state.
Amtrak, already in the midst of a $151 billion improvement program, projects its Pennsylvania ridership will grow by 36 percent by 2035, according to the plan.
Passenger-rail growth is predicted to grow because of its on-time performance, frequency of trains on the schedule, reduced travel time by rail and ongoing traffic-congestion issues in Philadelphia and New York City, Kirkpatrick said.
Large-scale transportation investments in the early discussion stages include new passenger-rail service from Scranton to New York City; new commuter-rail systems in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Reading; extensive improvements in the corridor between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh; and second main tracks and dedicated freight tracks along high-volume and high-density freight-rail corridors.