Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority
The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA) will oversee and implement the restoration of passenger rail service between Reading and Philadelphia and will be supported with equal representation and funding from Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. The SRPRA will have the power to formalize agreements, pursue funding opportunities and partner with rail operators and state and federal transportation agencies.
The creation of the SRPRA is not a guarantee that passenger rail will return, but it is a crucial next step to continue the long process of research and planning. Commissioners from each County noted that while there had been talk of restoring passenger rail service before, this is the first time any type of initiative has gotten this far. County leaders are also optimistic that this effort will be successful due to the potential funding available through the federal bipartisan infrastructure bill.
The SRPRA is made up of the following members (pictured below left to right):
- Peter Urscheler, Phoenixville Mayor
- Scott France, director of the Montgomery County Planning Commission
- Kenneth Lawrence Jr., Montgomery County Commissioner
- Christian Y. Leinbach, Berks County Commissioner
- Brian O'Leary, director of the Chester County Planning Commission
- Marian Moskowitz, Chester County Commissioner
- Jim Gerlach, president of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
- Eddie Moran, Reading Mayor
- David Zellers, director of the Montgomery County Commerce Department (not pictured)
September 19, 2022
The next meeting will be held virtually and open to the public. View Agenda and Register
October 24, 2022
November 28, 2022
December 19, 2022
August 22, 2022
July 25, 2022
July 6, 2022
Each County held a public hearing to consider the creation of the passenger rail authority and during those hearings, the commissioners heard a groundswell of support from their respective communities as many residents, business owners and community leaders voiced their excitement about the prospect of the return of passenger rail. Berks and Montgomery counties approved resolutions to create the authority during their respective meetings on April 21, followed by Chester County approving the resolution on April 27.