Intercity Passenger and Freight Rail Plan meetings

The following notice arrived in the PHCA inbox from Patrick Dowd’s office. The closest public meeting is in Carnegie on September 17. Definitely worth checking out, you know? Staffski, for one, really loves train travel and would be most appreciative of better Amtrak service for Pittsburgh.

Three (3) Public Meetings have been scheduled to review the Draft Intercity Passenger and Freight Rail Plan. The draft plan will include goals, objectives, and recommendations (short and long term) for transportation improvements related to rail in the Commonwealth.

The plan will enable PennDOT to implement a more efficient and effective approach to intercity rail transportation within the Commonwealth. Specifically, consideration will be given to more frequent and timely passenger rail service and increased use of the freight rail system for goods movement. In addition, this plan will also aid in prioritizing rail projects throughout the state by identifying those that will provide the most benefit for the limited funding available. Prioritization will take into account multiple factors.

These factors include, but are not limited to; the availability of funding, the ability of the project/improvement to facilitate economic growth, and the minimization of impacts to the environment.

Each public meeting will be held in an open house format so community members can stop by to learn about the plan, ask questions and provide written comments.

Identical information will be presented at each location/meeting.

Monday, September 14, 2009
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
SEPTA, Board Room
1234 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
C. Ted Lick Wildwood Conference Center HACC
One HACC Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Thursday, September 17, 2009
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Carnegie Borough Building
One Veterans Way
Carnegie, PA 15106

The public meeting locations are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Persons requiring special accommodations may contact Jennie Granger, AICP at 717-671-6985, ext 20.

2 thoughts on “Intercity Passenger and Freight Rail Plan meetings

  1. I talked to the PennDOT press office and they told me there will be a draft of the plan available for public comment before the meetings take place. They estimate it will be ready in early September, and available by request. You can submit comments by mail if you cant make it to a meeting. PennDOT Press Office – 717.783.8800

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