DougD wrote:Some good news though!
Marquee on CMSL website updated the 15th says:
"Coming Soon...... Expanded Passenger Operations!!!!!!! Watch this site for information....."
Looks like service from Tuckahoe to Richland is going to start.
Vineland Daily Journal, earlier this week:
By JEAN CARLIN
BUENA VISTA -- The township is getting $500,000 from the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to bolster ongoing efforts to redevelop its historic Richland Village section.
The money will be used to construct a railroad siding and platform for passenger train service, which will begin next month between the township and Tuckahoe, according to Mayor Chuck Chiarello. Some of the funds also are for renovating the exterior of a building to be used as a visitors center and model railroad display.
The township had sought $777,000 from the CRDA. On Tuesday, the agency's board unanimously voted to grant $500,000.
"This is a great day for us," said Chiarello, who attended the meeting with a handful of Richland Village business owners and other interested residents. "We had a good feeling about it."
The grant, which will be available in about 90 days, brings to $2 million the total of state and federal money received so far to restore Richland Village.
"The things we're doing with Richland Village will have a positive economic impact on the whole township," Chiarello said. "We're continuing to research everything we can apply for grant-wise."
Township Administrator Ron Trebing said the municipality awaits word on $1.5 million in pending federal and state grant applications to add additional sidewalks, build a train station and help construct the 2.5-acre Sawmill Park near Richland General Store on Route 40.
Chiarello said the township's Public Works Department is busy constructing a temporary parking lot for passengers to use when the limited rail service begins Oct. 15. It will have room for up to 100 cars.
"We expect to have more information within the next week about the train service," Chiarello said. "It'll be three times a day each Saturday beginning Oct. 15, go through Dec. 17 and then resume in the spring."
The funds are part of a larger focus by the CRDA on rail-related projects. Last month, the agency authorized $1.75 million for freight line improvements in Salem County.