by Otto Vondrak
By Beth Brelje - Pocono Record Writerhttp://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.d ... /812190353
December 19, 2008
The Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority is working to bring more jobs to Monroe County. The authority, which is also working to bring the long-awaited commuter train to the Poconos, will purchase 10.6 miles of mainline railroad track owned by Norfolk Southern including a section between East Stroudsburg and the Delaware Water Gap, which could result in more area jobs. Trains have been using that track for years. This portion of the former Erie Lackawanna mainline is now leased by the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority as a part of its Pocono Mainline between Scranton and its freight interchange yard with the Norfolk Southern at Slateford Pennsylvania. The advantage to owning track instead of leasing is access to land next to the track.