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Amtrak remains committed to adding a second daily train between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, with stops in Greensburg, Latrobe and Johnstown, the president of the passenger rail service said.
Making that expanded service a reality, however, depends on negotiations with Norfolk Southern and securing state and federal money.
Stephen Gardner, president of Amtrak, did not offer an estimated timetable for adding to the existing Pennsylvanian train that leaves Pittsburgh for Harrisburg at 7 a.m. and returns about 8 p.m.
“We’re working with (Norfolk Southern) on what is necessary for the service,” Gardner said Friday during a briefing with Gov. Tom Wolf and representatives from the Scranton area who are seeking new rail service to New York City from Scranton, Reading and Allentown. Norfolk Southern owns the track.
njtmnrrbuff wrote: ↑Sat Sep 11, 2021 7:36 am This is a start but it's better to extend this train to at least Philadelphia. Much of the revenue is being generated for people who board at Philadelphia and other stations along the Keystone Corridor.Isn’t the proposals really just an extension of one of the existing Keystones each way?
rcthompson04 wrote: ↑Sat Sep 11, 2021 12:06 pm Isn’t the proposals really just an extension of one of the existing Keystones each way?Difficult to say if it is or isn’t an extension without a proposed schedule for the new train service.
rcthompson04 wrote: ↑Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:06 pm My theory is that the second train would be a Philadelphia to Pittsburgh round trip with the Philadelphia departure being morning rush hour, which pre-pandemic was around when a Keystone originated in Philadelphia (730 to 8 am approximately).Remember it takes Amtrak 5.3 hours to travel between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. Dropping the 3.3 hours it takes a Keystone train to travel between New York City and Harrisburg for the now proposed 1.8 hours to travel between Philadelphia and Harrisburg will change the time and distance calculations I made earlier.
Corresponding would be a eastbound departure from Pittsburgh around 1pm that would arrive in Harrisburg to be the Keystone that used to depart Harrisburg heading east around 630pm. This train could continue to NYP.