2013-03-28 / Local & State

Hess Applauds Agreement To Save Amtrak’s ‘Pennsylvanian’ Line

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon), majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee, on Monday issued the following statement on the announcement of an agreement to maintain passenger rail service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia:

“I am pleased that diligent efforts to save the train called the ‘Pennsylvanian’ have resulted in an agreement to fund the service with a $3.8 million contribution by state government. Many res- idents in my district and in the region, in addition to the Philadelphia and Harrisburg areas, have been calling for this service to be preserved, and they were heard.

“The efforts of Gov. Tom Corbett and Amtrak are to be applauded. I am also proud to work with my colleague Rep. Mike Fleck on this issue. This agreement will continue service west of Harrisburg with stations in Lewistown, Huntingdon, Altoona, Johnstown, Latrobe and Greensburg. It will also add to the economy of the entire region.

“There is still much work ahead as a transportation funding plan has to be passed in the General Assembly. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a viable funding formula.”

“I anticipate holding a hearing on the ‘Pennsylvanian’ Tuesday, April 10, at 9:45 a.m. in Room 205 of the Matthew J. Ryan Building in the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg. The transportation committee will host representatives of PennDOT, Amtrak and others to continue a discussion on the long-term viability of the line. It is cooperation from these entities that has produced this good deal for Pennsylvania rail travel.”

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