Rail

ARRA to fund Amtrak station renovation

Posted on August 25, 2009

On Monday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter broke ground on a $9.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project to renovate the Elizabethtown (Pa.) Amtrak station.

 

“The Recovery Act is working in Pennsylvania as intended: It’s putting people to work right now, while making long-term investments in our roads, bridges, transit systems, airports, and seaports,” Secretary LaHood said. “Thanks to the Recovery Act dollars, the Elizabethtown station will receive critical improvements to meet the demands of travelers who depend on Amtrak while generating good-paying jobs and boosting the local economy.”

 

“I am pleased that stimulus funding is being used to advance important transportation and infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania,” Specter said. “Reconstruction of the Elizabethtown rail station will benefit Amtrak riders and help sustain increasing ridership along the Keystone Corridor.”

 

In the last five years, ridership at the Elizabethtown station has increased more than 93 percent; the station now serves more than 80,000 passengers. Recovery Act funds will be used to renovate the current Elizabethtown Amtrak station building, reconstruct and triple the size of each rail platform and provide other upgrades. Lobar Inc. won the prime contract on the Elizabethtown project with a bid 11 percent below initial budget estimates.

 

To date, the U.S. Department of Transportation has obligated more than $25 billion in Recovery Act funds nationwide for over 7,700 projects. Pennsylvania has already obligated $1.1 billion to fund more than 272 approved transportation projects.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Alstom awarded contract for 25 more 'Jazz' trains

The new orders, which are exercised as two options under a contract signed in 2012, bring Trenitalia’s mostly Italian Jazz fleet to 95 trainsets.

Japanese maglev train breaks own speed record

The train reached 375 miles per hour in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 miles per hour set in 2003. The train traveled for just over a mile at a speed exceeding 373 miles per hour.

VRE making first service expansion in 23 years

The $3.4 million North Virginia station is the first of several major projects the agency is pursuing as part of its goal to double ridership by 2040. Next month, it will launch a mobile app to give riders the option of purchasing and showing tickets via smartphones, and it will add a train to the Fredericksburg Line this summer.

N.Y. subway ridership reaches 65-year high

The increased number of customers creates challenges for the MTA to operate the subway system while minimizing delays, crowding and inconvenience. The subway system has traditionally performed maintenance work during off-peak hours, which are now experiencing record ridership.

Mass. Gov. to unveil sweeping MBTA reforms

Gov. Charlie Baker recently secured the resignations of the six Patrick administration appointees on the state transportation board and had a "clarifying" conversation with the MBTA’s interim boss Frank DePaola after he went public with concerns about the governor’s plan.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close