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Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail

Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail

Welcome to Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail (WPPR). Contact us at wpprrail@gmail.com to join our mailing list or send a comment, or visit our Facebook page.

Pennsylvanian  Latrobe  5/20/2012
Pennsylvanian   Latrobe   5/20/2012   Bob Shoemaker

Next WPPR Meeting

Monday * August 25, 2014 * 6:45 - 7:45 pm
Carnegie Library - East Liberty * 130 S. Whitfield St. * Pittsburgh 15206
Directions to Carnegie Library - East Liberty
Agenda: To Be Announced

Harrisburg Chapter National Railway Historical Society - Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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On Track to Accessibility - A report on the benefits and costs of additional Pittsburgh-New York service


WPPR Letter Urging Change in Unreserved HAR-PHL Seating Policy on the Pennsylvanian


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Recent Articles and Information


Virginia to extend Amtrak service to Roanoke by 2017 - 8/12/13 Trains Magazine (posted as a comparison to PA transportation funding problem)
Amtrak,Pa. officials trying for funding plan to keep passenger service - 8/16/13 Philadelphia Inquirer
PennDOT: Rail needs funding to operate - 8/16/13 Altoona Mirror
Amtrak's Missed Opportunities - 8/17/13 Trains Magazine (includes discussion of the Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian)
Amtrak Tests Bike on Board - 8/18/13 Plattsburgh, NY Press-Republican (relevance to Capitol Limited)
PennDOT to fund rail for entire year - 8/18/13 Altoona Mirror
Trains and trade-offs (PA State Rep Brad Roae) - 8/20/13 Philadelphia Inquirer Letters to the Editor
PennDOT, Amtrak reach agreement - 8/21/13 Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
Death of Rep. Dick Hess, PA House Transportation Committee Chairman - 9/7/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pa. picks up $15.5 M tab for cross-state trains - 10/1/13 Philadelphia Inquirer
Amtrak: Five years to no food service losses - 10/4/13 Railway Age
Consider Additional Train Trip - 10/22/13 Altoona Mirror (Reprinted in 11/1/13 Lewistown Sentinel)

PennDOT solicits online feedback for their long range transportation plan, PA On Track

Pennsylvania and Amtrak Reach Pennsylvanian Funding Agreement


CORBETT REACHES AGREEMENT TO KEEP DAILY AMTRAK SERVICE BETWEEN PITTSBURGH AND HARRISBURG - 3/21/13 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
CORBETT REACHES DEAL TO PAY TO MAINTAIN AMTRAK ROUTE TO PITTSBURGH - 3/21/13 TRIBLIVE
AGREEMENT TO PRESERVE RAIL SERVICE ANNOUNCED - 3/21/13 WE ARE CENTRAL PA
AMTRAK ROUTE SAVED - 3/21/13 ALTOONA MIRROR * AGREEMENT SAVES PASSENGER TRAIN -3/21/13 JOHNSTOWN TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT
TRAIN TRAVELERS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO GET TO PITTSBURGH FROM HERE UNDER AGREEMENT ANNOUNCED BY GOVERNOR - 3/21/13 LANCASTER ONLINE
GOVERNOR CORBETT ANNOUNCES STEPS TO SAVE AMTRAK SERVICE TO PITTSBURGH - 3/21/13 WHBF-TV
FUNDING MAY SAVE PITTSBURGH AMTRAK SERVICE - 3/22/13 PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES
GOVERNOR CORBETT ANNOUNCES STEPS TO SAVE AMTRAK SERVICE TO PITTSBURGH - 3/21/13 FOX43 CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA
DEAL STRUCK TO MAINTAIN AMTRAK'S HARRISBURG TO PITTSBURGH DAILY TRAIN - 3/22/13 PENN LIVE
AGREEMENT TO KEEP OPERATING AMTRAK 'PENNSYLVANINAN' LINE REACHED HOURS AFTER LOCAL RALLY - 3/22/13 LEWISTOWN SENTINEL
CORBETT ANNOUNCES $3.8M FUNDING FOR AMTRAK'S 'PENNSYLVANIAN' LINE - 3/22/13 CENTRAL PENN BUSINESS JOURNAL
AMTRAK TO MAINTAIN WESTERN PA PASSENGER TRAINS - 3/21/13 WPXI.COM * AMTRAK TO MAINTAIN WESTERN PA PASSENGER TRAINS - 3/22/13 YORK DAILY RECORD
ALL ABOARD: CORBETT AND AMTRAK SWING A DEAL ON TRAIN SERVICE - 3/26/13 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE * SCORE WIN FOR AMTRAK - 3/24/13 ALTOONA MIRROR
AMTRAK ANNOUNCEMENT SENDS AN "ALL ABOARD" MESSAGE - 3/24/13 WITF HARRISBURG
AMTRAK LINE, REGIONAL TRAIN STATIONS, WILL REMAIN OPEN - 3/27/13 CENTRE DAILY TIMES
AMTRAK ROUTE'S REPRIEVE A RELIEF TO W.PA. RIDERS - 3/26/13 PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW
STATE COMMITS ANNUAL $3.8 M TO PITTSBURGH-HARRISBURG AMTRAK LINE - 5/24/13 PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW

Despite No Transportation Bill, PA Funds One-Year Pennsylvanian Operation Starting October 1, 2013


Transportation Bill Clears Pennsylvania Senate - 6/5/13 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE COMMITTEE READIES FOR VOTE ON AMENDED BILL FOR ROADS, BRIDGES, TRANSIT - 6/25/13 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
PROPOSED PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION FUNDING OVERHAUL PUT ON IDLE - 6/25/13 PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
PENNSYLVANIA NEEDS COMPREHENSIVE, LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION FUNDING - 6/25/13 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
WEEKEND DEADLINE NEARS FOR PA BUDGET, ROADS AND WINE SALES - 6/26/13 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
CORBETT SIGNS NEARLY $29 BILLION BUDGET BEFORE DEADLINE - 7/1/13 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

PENNDOT SAYS IT WILL FUND AMTRAK'S PITTSBURGH-HARRISBURG LINE - 7/3/13 PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Congratualations To Everyone Whose Hard Work Kept The Train Running


PITTSBURGH-TO-HARRISBURG AMTRAK ROUTE MAY END - 2/4/13 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE * AMTRAK MAY CUT ROUTE FROM PITTSBURGH - 2/4/13 WTAE.COM
PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE A CONVENIENCE THAT COULD SOON DISAPPEAR - 2/4/13 WJACTV.COM
PITTSBURGH TO HARRISBURG AMTRAK SERVICE MAY BE DERAILED 2/4/13 WESA.FM * PA TRAIN SERVICE MUST BE MAINTAINED - 2/5/13 PITTSBURGH-POST-GAZETTE
ALTOONA COULD LOSE AMTRAK SERVICE - 2/5/13 ALTOONAMIRROR.COM * FUNDING CUTS MAY IMPERIL PGH - HBG AMTRAK SERVICE - 2/6/13 BIZJOURNALS.COM
END OF THE LINE? - 2/6/13 WESA.FM * RETAIN AMTRAK SERVICE - 2/7/13 ALTOONAMIRROR.COM AND 2/11/13 lewistownsentinel.com
LOSING AMTRAK TRAIN WOULD BE RAIL AWFUL - 2/7/13 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE * ALL ABOARD ENDING TRAIN SERVICE TO HARRISBURG - 2/11/13 PITTNEWS.COM
AMTRAK PENNSYLVANIAN: WHY WE NEED THIS TRAIN (VIDEO NOT CREATED BY WPPR) * REPRESENTATIVE FIGHTING TO KEEP RAIL LINE - 2/15/13 WEARECENTRALPA.COM
PA'S CROSS STATE TRAIN ROUTE COULD BE DERAILED (INCLUDES VIDEO) - 2/15/13 ALLEGHENYFRONT.ORG * DON'T DERAIL THIS TRAIN - 2/15/13 LANCASTERONLINE.COM
AMTRAK'S REGULARS TREASURE THE PENNSYLVANIAN (VIDEO) -2/17/13 PGH POST-GAZETTE (PAGE 1) * DON'T DERAIL PA'S COLLEGE STUDENTS - 2/20/13 TRIBLIVE.COM
PASSENGERS RAIL AGAINST AMTRAK CUTS - 2/24/13 ALTOONAMIRROR.COM * OUR VIEW: CUT AMTRAK'S HARRISBURG-PITTSBURGH ROUTE - 2/27/13 CUMBERLINK.COM
LACK OF FUNDING COULD END AMTRAK IN LEWISTOWN - 2/27/13 LEWISTOWNSENTINEL.COM * THE PENNSYLVANIAN: ITS TIME HAS PASSED - 2/28/13 TRIBLIVE.COM
MORE MIDSTATERS RIDING AMTRAK, BUT WILL STATE PAY TO KEEP SERVICE? - 3/1/13 PENNLIVE.COM
PENNSYLVANIA RESISTS FINANCIAL RESCUE FOR AMTRAK'S PITTSBURGH-TO-HARRISBURG RUN - 3/9/13 TRIBLIVE.COM (NOTE: TRAIN WAS SOLD OUT ON MARCH 8)
NEARBY AMTRAK STATIONS FACE CUTS - 3/9/13 CENTREDAILY.COM

Johnstown Rally 11/19/2012
BUDGET CUTS THREATEN TO DERAIL AMTRAK SERVICE - 11/19/12 JOHNSTOWN TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT
SUPPORTERS RALLY BEHIND AMTRAK - 11/20/12 ALTOONA MIRROR * RALLY FOR RAIL - 11/20/12 WTAJ NEWS

Huntingdon Rally 3/1/2013
HUNTINGDON RAIL SERVICE RALLY - 2/26/13 WEARECENTRALPA.COM * AMTRAK SUPPORTERS RALLY TO "SAVE OUR TRAIN" - 3/1/13 WEARECENTRALPA.COM
CITIZENS RALLY TO KEEP AMTRAK ROUTE GOING - 3/2/13 LEWISTOWNSENTINEL.COM * RESIDENTS RALLY FOR TRAIN - 3/2/13 ALTOONAMIRROR.COM

Lewistown Rally 3/21/13
LEWISTOWN AMTRAK MAY CLOSE - 3/12/13 THE DAILY COLLEGIAN * RALLY TO SUPPORT AMTRAK SCHEDULED - 3/16/13 LEWISTOWN SENTINEL
AGREEMENT TO KEEP OPERATING AMTRAK 'PENNSYLVANINAN' LINE REACHED HOURS AFTER LOCAL RALLY - 3/22/13 LEWISTOWN SENTINEL

HELP SAVE YOUR TRAIN FLYER * PENNSYLVANIAN PRESS RELEASE * PENNSYLVANIAN FACT SHEET * KEYSTONE CORRIDOR WEST STUDY

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE FLECK SUPPORTS CONTINUED FUNDING OF THE PENNSYLVANIAN
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DICK HESS OFFERS SUPPORT TO PRESERVE AMTRAK'S PENNSYLVANIAN LINE
REP. HESS ASKS ABOUT LOCAL AMTRAK LINE AT BUDGET HEARING (VIDEO OF REMARKS BY PA SEC. OF TRANSPORTATION SCHOCH)
REP. HESS APPLAUDS AGREEMENT TO SAVE AMTRAK'S 'PENNSYLVANIAN' LINE
REP. FLECK APPLAUDS AGREEMENT TO SAVE AMTRAK SERVICE BETWEEN PITTSBURGH AND HARRISBURG
AMTRAK'S PENNSYLVANIAN LINE WILL BE SAVED (VIDEO OF REP. FLECK INTERVIEW)
AMTRAK LINE IMPORTANT TO MANY PENNSYLVANIANS (VIDEO OF REP. HESS INTERVIEW)
AMTRAK LINE BETWEEN PITTSBURGH AND HARRISBURG WILL REMAIN OPEN (VIDEO OF REP. BENNINGHOFF INTERVIEW)
REP. STERN - NEW AGREEMENT SECURES CONTINUED PASSENGER SERVICE BETWEEN PITTSBURGH AND HARRISBURG ON THE 'PENNSYLVANIAN'
PA HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING ON HARRISBURG-PITTSBURGH PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE (VIDEO) - 4/10/13

PA TRIPS BY TRAIN......PENNDOT AND AMTRAK TOGETHER PROMOTE PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE......BUT NOT WEST OF HARRISBURG

Write or call your state officials today. Tell them you want long-term funding for the Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service.


Pennsylvanian  Horseshoe Curve  5/4/2006  Mark Spada         Pennsylvanian  Penn, PA  5/6/2013  Brandon Fiume

Pennsylvanian Horseshoe Curve 5/4/2006 Mark Spada Pennsylvanian Penn, PA 5/6/2013 Brandon Fiume


Keystone Corridor West Study
Keystone Corridor West Study (PennDOT website)
PennDOT to finish Pittsburgh passenger rail study by April - Central Penn Business Journal 3/1/13
Keystone Corridor West Study presentation notes from the Oakland Transportation Management Association annual meeting 9/13/12

Rockwood Amtrak Station Study
Study Streeses Positive Impacts of Rockwood Train Station * Rockwood Amtrak Station Feasibility Study Final Report

Bicycles on Amtrak Trains (Potential ideas and applications for the Capitol Limited and Pennsylvanian)
Amtrak and MDOT Welcome Bicyclists to Michigan Blue Water Trains
Amtrak debuts bike racks on Blue Water Line service (video)

Reports and News Articles
Amtrak Monthly Performance Report June 2014
Lynchburg-Roanoke Amtrak Passenger Rail Agreement Announced - The Lynchburg (VA) News 1/9/14
The Brookings Institution 3/1/13 - A New Alignment: Strengthening America's Commitment to Passenger Rail
Harrisburg International Airport Considers Harrisburg-Pittsburgh Service
Philadelphia Inquirer - Looming fund cuts endanger Amtrak's Keystone line
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial - Keystone rail line shouldn't be threatened

Passenger Rail Advocacy Organizations

Associated Transportation Advocacy Organizations

Amtrak Main and Individual Western PA Train Pages, Current Train Status & Train Tracking Map * Northeast Rail Map * Live Video Feeds

Transit Authorities Servicing Western PA Amtrak Routes * Western PA Passenger Rail Photos * Pittsburgh Railways-PCC Era

Contact Information for Pennsylvania State Legislators
Contact Information for U.S. Senators
Contact Information for U.S. Congressmen

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