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Work on the first Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson River is ready to begin

It’s happening. The first “heavy construction” contract for the $16 billion Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey was approved Friday by the Gateway Development Commission. The Hudson River Ground Stabilization Project, was awarded to Weeks Marine, Inc. of Cranford, for $100 million for the first phase. The company had the highest qualified proposal…

Celebration honors the past and future of rail service in NEPA

In the 1980s, members of what would become the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority (PNRRA) started meeting with people in church basements, fire halls and garages. That was the early days of the grassroots movement to bring rail service back to Northeastern Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, hundreds of people, including many local elected officials, gathered at Kalahari Resort in…

Train through Poconos gains steam

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, along with key partners, hosted a rally to restore passenger rail service on Tuesday night at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Pocono Manor. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright said the proposed rail service from New York City with stops in East Stroudsburg, Mount Pocono, and Scranton is one of the 69 corridors selected to go forward, but is near the top…

Casey, Cartwright Announce Key Step in Restoring Scranton to New York Rail Service

Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-8) announced that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has included Northeastern Pennsylvania in its Corridor Identification and Development (Corridor ID) Program with the goal of reestablishing direct passenger rail service between Scranton, PA and New York, NY. The Corridor ID Program was established…

U.S. Rep Cartwright a Special Guest at Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Rail Rally and Public Informational Event

Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-08) will appear at a public information session and Rail Rally hosted by the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to share next steps and answer questions about plans to re-establish passenger rail service between Scranton and New York City. The public and members of the media are invited to attend the PMVB, slated for Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Kalahari…

Rep. Cartwright Statement on Amtrak Report

Congressman Matt Cartwright, (PA-08) issued the following statement regarding Amtrak’s Scranton-New York Passenger Rail Service Plan and Financial Analysis report: “Northeastern Pennsylvania’s rail application was already a leading contender, but the new support shown by the Amtrak report released today will help further our success in achieving corridor designation.   There’s a…

PennDOT supports idea of passenger rail service from Pa. to NYC, other locations

Passenger rail service in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Poconos is one step closer to happening. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is throwing its support behind the idea. It has drawn up an official application for the program. att Cartwright, the Democratic congressman from Lackawanna County, made the announcement Friday morning.   Amtrak trains would carry…

Monroe Amtrak corridor gets $3.7M for rail lines

The Monroe County Industrial Development Authority was awarded a $3.7 million grant from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office to construct a new railroad line in the Poconos. The funding, through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will support the purchase and installation of railroad ties along the Pocono Mainline to provide required upgrades for the new Amtrak Corridor…