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Passenger Rail

The Berks County Commissioners have approved taking the next steps toward restoring passenger rail service between Reading and Philadelphia in a joint effort with Chester and Montgomery counties.

A Tri-County Passenger Rail Committee was created in February 2021 to garner information and support for the initiative. The Committee is confident that passenger rail service in places like Reading, Pottstown, Phoenixville, and possibly Wyomissing, could increase economic development, property values, transportation and job opportunities throughout the corridor.

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Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority 
 
The Berks County Commissioners passed a resolution on April 21, 2022 to authorize the creation of the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority.  Montgomery County Commissioners passed a similar resolution on April 21 and the Chester County Commissioners passed the resolution on April 27.
 
The SRPRA is replacing the former Tri-County Passenger Rail Committee and is supported with representation and funding from all three counties. The authority will have the power to formalize agreements, procure funding and provide for a direct governmental body that can work with AMTRAK, PennDOT, the Federal Railroad Administration and other necessary partners.

Next Meeting:   Monday, July 25, 2022
                           Virtual via Zoom 
                           More information available soon!
 

Schuylkill River Passenge Rail Authority Documents: 

 

 Questions or feedback can be submitted to PassengerRail@countyofberks.com
 
 

Past Studies

The Berks Alliance funded a study about the benefits of passenger rail service to Berks County.
The July 2020 report from the study can be found here​.
 
PennDOT also completed an analysis of passenger rail from Reading to Philadelphia.
The December 2020 report is available here.


Partner Counties 
 
 
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