Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Corridor Access Application to Be Nearly Done by Jan. 27

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A Jan. 27 filing of corridor access authority marks one step closer to restoring Reading-to-Phila. rail service.

The multistage, comprehensive list of tasks to connect Reading with Philadelphia by train (through Montgomery County) may be become shorter by end of the month. Next on the itinerary is the three-step process to request formal corridor access from the Federal Government. David Kostival. WFMZ 69 News, provided the details of what it encompasses.

The next procedural juncture in the overall plan filing of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA) application to the Federal Railroad Administration. This paperwork represents the request for formal recognition of the railway.

With the corridor access imprimatur in place, track usage negotiations may then proceed with Amtrak and Norfolk Southern to move ahead.

 Tom Frawley, SRPRA interim executive director, explained the application’s three steps:

  1. Development of a service development plan, which includes details about:
    • Conceptual engineering
    • Ridership forecasts
    • Traffic analysis/capacity of the route
  2. Preparation of the service development plan, accompanied by a ten percent match in funds
  3. Preliminary/final engineering and design, with a requisite 20 percent match in funds

Frawley’s update covered steps one and two, which he said are set to deliver by their required due date, Jan. 27.

The final stage should be completed by early March to keep the entire rail project on schedule.

Further detail on the role of corridor access on the overall rail project is at WFMZ 69 News.

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The restoration of rail travel from Reading to Phila. (through Montgomery County) revives a longstanding commuter route,
as this video of 1920s connection between those two destinations shows.

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