Corbett announces $3.8M funding for Amtrak's 'Pennsylvanian' line
A new funding plan that will maintain rail passenger service between Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia has been completed, according to a news release from the Corbett administration.
The governor said he has reached an agreement with Amtrak where Pennsylvania will contribute $3.8 million per year to maintain the service on the line known as “Pennsylvanian.” It features one train per day in each direction between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
The service continues to and from Philadelphia and New York City.
“It is important that the state legislature act this spring to advance my transportation plan so we can meet this funding need,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a statement, referring to his 2013-14 budget proposal.
Initial funding estimates for funding the Pennsylvanian’ totaled $6.5 million a year, according to the administration.
The Pennsylvanian line had ridership of 212,006 in fiscal year 2012 that ended in September, according to Amtrak reports. That was 2.2 percent higher than ridership in 2011.
The eastern portion, known as the Keystone that Amtrak defines as Harrisburg to Philadelphia to New York City, had ridership of more than 1.4 million in 2012, or a 5.8 percent increase from a year ago, according to Amtrak.