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Reading to Philadelphia Intercity Passenger Rail Project Accepted in Federal Program

Acceptance of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority’s application by the Federal Railroad Administration, and an initial award of $500,000, are major steps in bringing intercity passenger rail service to Berks, Montgomery, and Chester Counties. View the press release.

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Doing Business with SRPRA

SRPRA does not have any open solicitations at this time, and none are planned in the near-term. If and when SRPRA elects to solicit consultant support or provide other opportunities to do business with the Authority, information will be provided on the Authority website in advance of the release of any Requests for Proposals.

Federal and State Grants Awarded

The Berks County Department of Community and Economic Development has been awarded a Congressionally Mandated Grant for $750,000 to advance SRPRA's planning for the restoration of passenger rail service between Reading, Philadelphia and beyond. Berks DCED and the Authority are grateful to all of our Congressional Delegation for their work in making this funding available for the project, especially Senator Bob Casey, and Representatives Chrissy Houlahan and Dan Meuser who signed on to the grant, and Representative Madeleine Dean who provided a letter of support.

Montgomery County has been awarded a Pennsylvania DCED Local Share Account (LSA) grant for $250,000 to advance SRPRA's development of the project. These funds will be leveraged by providing the required local match for anticipated federal funding, including through the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Corridor Identification and Development Program (CIDP).

The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance has also been awarded a Pennsylvania DCED Local Share Account (LSA) grant in the amount of $142,000 to support their efforts related to station site identification and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy development and implementation for the City of Reading. Although these funds will not be used directly by SRPRA, the work they will support will directly benefit the Authority's passenger rail restoration project.

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Recent Activities

Women's Transportation Seminar

On June 28, Executive Director Tom Frawley joined Representative Chrissy Houlahan for a panel discussion at the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) meeting in Philadelphia. Chrissy shared information regarding the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Tom gave an update on recent progress by the SRPRA towards restoration of intercity passenger rail to Reading.

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L to R: Panel Moderator Jennifer Waters, Panelist Chrissy Houlahan, Panelist Tom Frawley, WTS Philadelphia Chapter President Api Appulingam.

American Planning Association Workshop

On April 2, Berks County Planning Commission Executive Director David Hunter led a mobile workshop for the American Planning Association's annual meeting in Philadelphia, which included tours of potential station sites in Reading, Pottstown and Phoenixville. Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach and SRPRA Executive Director Tom Frawley were also aboard and provided participants with information regarding the Reading - Philadelphia - New York Corridor Project and the history of the SRPRA. At each station location, local leaders met the workshop group and provided an update pertaining to their community. In Phoenixville the group was met by Chester County Commissioner Marian Moskowitz, Phoenixville Borough Mayor Peter Urscheler, Borough Manager E. Jean Crack and Deputy Borough Manager Kelly Getzfread. In Pottstown, Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence, Montgomery County Planning Commission Executive Director Scott France, Pottstown Area Economic Development Board Member Peggy Lee-Clark, and Pottstown Borough Council President Dan Weand met the group. And in Reading, the group enjoyed lunch with Reading Mayor Eddie Moran, the Mayor's Chief of Staff Felix Freytiz, Reading City Council President Donna Reed, PA State Representative Johanny Cepede-Freytiz, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Director of Government and Community Relations Katie Heatherington-Cunfer, and SRPRA Technical Committee member Adrian Jadic.

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Amtrak Bus Service

Amtrak Thruway Connection

Amtrak launched Thruway Connection bus service between Reading and Philadelphia on June 6, 2022, as a precursor to restoration of passenger rail service in the Schuylkill River corridor. This service consists of two daily trips in each direction, and is one of many Amtrak Thruway Connection bus routes that Amtrak operates as an integrated part of its Northeast Corridor and National Network. In addition to the stations at Reading and Philadelphia, the bus serves intermediate stations at Pottstown and Phoenixville, and provides safe, comfortable, economical public transportation that connects communities in the Schuylkill River Valley with metropolitan areas in the Northeast Corridor and beyond.

Visit Amtrak's website for more information or to book travel.

2024 Meetings

Meetings are held at 3:00pm on the following dates via Zoom.

January 22, 2024

February 26, 2024

March 25, 2024

April 15, 2024

*In-Person: location in Phoenixville TBD.

May 20, 2024

June24 22, 2024

July 22, 2024

August 26, 2024

October 28, 2024

*In-Person: location in Reading TBD.

November 25, 2024

December 23, 2024

View agendas and information from previous meetings.