The Morning Call (Sunday)

Public invited to give input on Pennsylvan­ia’s rail future

- By Mark Pesto

The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown

PennDOT and Federal Railroad Administra­tion officials will hold virtual meetings on Monday and Tuesday at which rail stakeholde­rs and the public are invited to provide input on the draft Pennsylvan­ia State Rail Plan.

The purpose of the plan, PennDOT officials said in a press release, is to “identify a clear vision for the future of rail transporta­tion, set goals and objectives for achieving that vision, and document and evaluate passenger and freight rail needs over the course of the next 25 years to guide investment­s” in Pennsylvan­ia.

The meetings will be held online from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday and from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Those interested in participat­ing can register online at planthekey­stone.com. Acopyof the 338-page rail plan also can be found at that website. Those interested in submitting comments by Dec. 2 can do so at pastaterai­lplan.com.

The Pennsylvan­ia State Rail Plan is updated every four years to meet Federal Railroad Administra­tion requiremen­ts.

The current draft was created over the past year with input from rail stakeholde­rs, PennDOT officials said.

 ?? GENEJ. PUSKAR|AP ?? A CSX freight train pulls through McKeesport, Pa., on June 2.
GENEJ. PUSKAR|AP A CSX freight train pulls through McKeesport, Pa., on June 2.

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