PennDOT to host public meetings on state rail plan

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration invites rail stakeholders and the public to provide input on the draft Pennsylvania State Rail Plan during two virtual public meetings on Nov. 16 and 17.

Through this plan, the commonwealth will 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.

“Freight and passenger rail are vibrant components of our state’s transportation network,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “We invite residents and stakeholders to help us shape the plan by taking part in the virtual meetings.”

As part of this effort, virtual public meetings will be held on Nov. 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. and on Nov. 17 from 6 to 7 p.m.

To register, visit the Pennsylvania State Rail Plan website. Interested individuals will be able to view and comment on the draft plan through Dec. 2.

The State Rail Plan is updated every four years to meet Federal Railroad Administration requirements, and the draft was created over the last year with stakeholder input through various outreach efforts.