MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Middletown train station will move to a location that will improve the community's access to the successful Keystone Service and meet federal accessibility requirements, PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Local and Area Transportation Toby Fauver announced today.
The decision was reached following extensive collaboration with local officials and community input. The announcement was made with local officials at the Middletown Borough Building.
PennDOT, in partnership with the Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority, reached a purchase agreement for land on West Main Street – between the Ann Street Bridge and the Family Dollar store – for $2.3 million, which includes road access and utility work. The site is very near the Penn State Harrisburg campus and Harrisburg International Airport.
A public meeting planned in early 2011 will gather community input on design and other project considerations. A construction date is not yet set.
In July 2009, a public planning workshop was held to gather community input on station ideas, potential locations and how to optimize benefits from Amtrak's Keystone Service. The service reported a record-setting 1.27 million riders between Harrisburg and Philadelphia from July 2009 and June 2010.
The Middletown station initiative is part of a larger PennDOT planning effort called "Plan the Keystone," which aims to enhance transit service and strengthen the communities along the train route. Station information as well as research and workshop materials are available at www.PlantheKeystone.com.
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Media contact: Erin Waters, 717-783-8800
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Transportation