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Planning and Design Consultant — On October 27, 2023, SRPRA released an RFP seeking a consultant to perform activities related to preparation of a passenger rail Service Development Plan (SDP). This procurement was authorized by the SRPRA Board at its June 26, 2023 meeting. The scope of work was developed cooperatively with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and consists of initial elements of the Service Development Plan (SDP) for the project. This includes development of a preliminary purpose and need statement and stakeholder coordination plans, identification and examination of route options, service options and investment options, station area analyses, and assembling all input data needed for subsequent planning and analysis during completion of the full SDP at such time as the project may be accepted into the FRA's Corridor Identification and Development Program. A large portion of the effort will focus on operations planning, analysis and simulation, using Berkeley Simulation Software's Rail Traffic Controller (RTC) model, including both independent modeling and over-the shoulder review of modeling performed by the host railroads and/or their consultants. If the Authority's CIDP application is accepted, SRPRA may amend the contract with its selected consultant / consultant team, to complete the SDP in its entirety and perform Conceptual Design (10%) and Preliminary Design (30%) of track and structures, and signals and Positive Train Control (PTC), and other project elements. The scope under the anticipated amendment would include ridership forecasting, capital cost estimating, operating and maintenance cost estimating, and environmental analysis and documentation preparation. The amended scope may also include tasks related to rail access agreements and negotiations with host railroads. The budget for the initial scope will be subject to negotiation with the selected Proposer, but the Authority has access to up to $750,000 in federal grant monies that would be available to fund this contract.
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If there is a need for additional Addenda to the RFP, it/they will be posted on this website. Prospective Proposers that would like to receive updates by email must submit an email request to Info@GoSRPRA.com. A list of SBE/DBE firms that have downloaded the RFP and asked to be updated via email is available for review by clicking HERE.
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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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.
L to R: Panel Moderator Jennifer Waters, Panelist Chrissy Houlahan, Panelist Tom Frawley, WTS Philadelphia Chapter President Api Appulingam.
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.
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.