Reading-to-Phila Rail Line Lumbers Forward; Pottstown/Phila. Passage to Follow

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The Reading Railroad may transition from simply a board-game reference to an actuality for Montgomery County.

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA) committee held a meeting last week with major implications for Montgomery County. Its agenda marked the first steps in reviving the historic Reading Railroad, connecting the City of Brotherly Love with the Pretzel City to the west. Kenny Cooper was on track in reporting the developments for WHYY.

The revived line’s relevance to Montgomery County is a stop planned in Pottstown. Chester County, too, has a stake in this plan, as another station is being eyed in Phoenixville.

“The first meeting was great. We accomplished a lot,” said Chester County Commissioner Marian Moskowitz, who is also vice chair of the new authority.

The meeting itinerary covered SRPRA bylaws, financial matters from bank accounts to federal funding, and the entity’s relationship with Amtrak. Details on timing and costs are still being researched.

SRPRA member and Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, Jr., explained that negotiations on track ownership and usage are still chugging along. He stated that he sees the project as a prime example of the upside of “…when counties get together to work on a mutual goal.”

The rail route is expected to be a multi-county asset with significant economic and environmental benefits.

Additional details on the current track of this ambitious project are at WHYY.

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