Pennsylvania eyes future of New York’s passenger rail

(TNS) – Pennsylvania transportation officials will listen to public comment during online hearings on a draft plan laying out future spending for the railroads, including the proposed Scranton at the subway New York City passenger train.

The main recommendation of the draft plan regarding the passenger train: no money, no timetable.

In fact, the plan simply lists the project – down its list of proposed passenger rail projects.


we representing Matt Cartwright D-8, Moosicsaid the low rating “is actually appropriate” as the project still has many hurdles to overcome before it is ready for funding.

“We still have a lot of ducks to put online before we’re able to top the list,” Cartwright said.

To register to attend the public meetings, visit the State Rail Plan website, www.planthekeystone.com/Pages/PA-State-Rail-Plan.aspx. Public meetings are scheduled for 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The long-planned train would travel 133 miles between Scranton and Hoboken, New Jerseywhere travelers could hop on another train to get into New York City. New Jersey Transit, the state’s main public transportation provider, would operate the train. A 2006 study pegged the cost at $551 million and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation increased that amount to $650 million in its responses to comments on the project in its 2015 Rail Plan.

However, an estimate drawn up with money Cartwright collected from state, federal and local sources said it would cost about $288.9 million just to reinstall the tracks, upgrade two major bridges and carry out other related works necessary to have a continuous rail between the two cities. The 2006 study included the cost of railway stations and other amenities.

Earlier this year, New Jersey Transit released a 10-year transportation plan with no new money for the project beyond existing plans to extend its service to approximately 7.3 miles along Lackawanna’s famous 28.45-mile cutoff between Port Morris and And more. The restoration of the severed track, removed in the 1980s, and the improvement of the bridges are considered the most important factors in the resumption of service, which ended in January 1970.

New Jersey Transit is in the process of selecting potential contractors for the next stage of the project, the rehabilitation of the Roseville Tunnel on the 7.3 mile stretch.

Contractors must submit their qualifications before December 16according to an online site New Jersey Transit calendar.

After that, Cartwright said New Jersey Transit expects to have a list of qualified contractors by February with New Jersey Transit selecting a bidder in June and construction is expected to begin in September.

That project alone could take two years and does not include repairing a culvert and reinstalling the remaining 3.1 miles of lane, said Tom Drabic senior transportation planner for Sussex Countythrough which the train would pass.

Earlier this year, a New Jersey Transit The spokeswoman said trains would not run on this track until at least the second half of 2026.

No agency intends to relocate the other 21 miles and upgrade the bridges.

Pennsylvania The 2015 state railroad plan put the project on its “vision list,” but PennDOT strongly questioned its usefulness in response to comments from advocates.

PennDOT highlighted the Federal Railway Administration does not fund commuter rail projects and the Federal Public Transport Administration found that the project did not meet any of the “core criteria for minimum funding”. PennDOT also said the Scranton-for- Hoboken the journey would take longer than by car.

“If technological advancements or a new opportunity arise that can move this project forward within the financial and schedule limitations of the FRA, FTA, and PennDOT, we may re-evaluate the project,” PennDOT wrote.

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Jose P. Rogers