State hearing to consider additional Amtrak service to Pittsburgh

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ALTOONA, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s legislature will hold a hearing on the possibility of increasing train service between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The Aug. 28 hearing by the state house of representatives transportation committee’s subcommittee on railroads will be held at the Altona Railroaders Memorial Museum. It is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the state’s department of transportation is funding a study by Norfolk Southern to explore the possible expansion of service. The study will estimate the costs for Norfolk Southern of expanded service on the Harrisburg-Pittsburgh portion of the route.

Representatives from Norfolk Southern and the advocacy group Western Pennsylvanians for Passenger Rail are expected to testify.

Currently, the full route is served by just one daily round trip, the Pennsylvanian.
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