Re-establishment of Reading to Philadelphia Rail Line Could Alleviate Traffic on Route 422; Montco Commuters (Potentially) Rejoicing

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Old Reading Company Franklin Street Station image via Bill Uhrich, The Reading Eagle.

The push to re-establish a train service from Reading to Philadelphia could have major benefits for Montgomery County residents who use Route 422 daily, writes Bill Uhrich for the Reading Eagle.

The idea to restore the regional rail service has been around for decades, but it has been gaining momentum in recent months. More recently, Montgomery, Chester, and Bucks counties formed the Tri-County Passenger Rail committee of representatives and tasked it with developing a plan that would help achieve this goal.

Then in March, in the wake of President Joe Biden administration’s rollout of its $2 trillion infrastructure bill, Amtrak unveiled a plan that would add 600 routes to its network, including Reading to Philadelphia.

And while there is no guarantee that Biden’s infrastructure plan will be enacted, it shows that Amtrak recognizes the need for a restoration of the local line.

There would be many benefits to the re-establishment of train service, including the potential alleviation of traffic on Route 422. It would also make it easier for people in the Philadelphia area to visit communities along the rail line, like King of Prussia or Pottstown, they might have overlooked in the past.

Read more about the Reading to Philadelphia rail line in the Reading Eagle.

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