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** Request for Proposal — Social Media Consultant **

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority is seeking proposals from qualified social media consultants to support our organization's efforts to increase engagement with customers and stakeholders through social media channels. View the RFP.

Proposals are to be submitted by March 22, 2023. Contact Thomas Frawley at tfrawley@GoSRPRA.com with any questions.

Authority Description and Membership

The Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority (SRPRA) oversees and implements the restoration of passenger rail service between Reading and Philadelphia and is supported with equal representation and funding from Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. The SRPRA has 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.

View authority members and committees.

View the articles of incorporation.

View the bylaws.

The History of Passenger Rail Between Reading and Philadelphia

Passenger rail service between Reading and Philadelphia has a long history dating back to the early 19th century. The first rail service between the two cities was established in 1838 by the Reading Railroad, which initially operated as a cargo carrier, primarily transporting coal from the mines in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania to the cities of Philadelphia, Reading and beyond. The Reading Railroad was one of the most important railroads in the country for transporting coal, and it was instrumental in the development of the region's economy. Learn more about the Reading Railroad.

Benefits to Restoring Rail Between Reading and Philadelphia

There are various benefits for restoring rail service between Reading and Philadelphia, including increased mobility for travelers, reduced traffic congestion, lower transportation costs, improved air quality in the region, economic development opportunities, and equity and economic empowerment. Learn more about these advantages.

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Upcoming Meetings

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

April 24, 2023

Register to join meeting via Zoom.

May 22, 2023

June 26, 2023

July 24, 2023

August 28, 2023

September 18, 2023

October 23, 2023

November 27, 2023

December 18, 2023


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