Montgomery Co. set to vote on Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority on Thursday

READING, Pa. – On Thursday, Montgomery County officers will resolve whether or not to create an authority to assist restore passenger trains from Studying to Philadelphia.

The county hosted a listening to on the thought on Wednesday. Berks will maintain an identical listening to Thursday, and Chester County’s is subsequent week a couple of plan to ascertain the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority.

The Authority would assist restore a passenger rail line between Berks County and Philadelphia, with stops in Montgomery and Chester counties. Every county must vote in favor of making it.

Many in help of it say it could alleviate site visitors on the roads.

“After I learn on Fb that this was going to be a possibility to have a railroad, close to us as an alternative of getting to drive into Norristown, very supportive of it,” one individual mentioned in a public remark. 

Others in favor say they consider it could be an financial increase, creating jobs and bringing folks to the world.

Various folks instructed the Montgomery County Commissioners they had been disillusioned when rail strains closed down earlier than, they usually’re hoping it’s going to result in greater than what’s proposed.

“We simply hope that in addition to Amtrak this may finally result in restoration of SEPTA service again to Studying,” mentioned Douglas Diehl, Tri-State Transit Heart.

Nevertheless, one individual towards the thought says he is skeptical that the entire proposal would ever occur.

“This railroad has been on the drawing boards for the reason that Nineteen Nineties. Why construct this now? If it was possible, it could have been performed years in the past,” mentioned a Limerick Twp. resident. 

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The commissioners additionally heard considerations about potential noise from trains. One other individual is anxious about what’s already in place.

“How might you run these passenger trains to intrude with the significance of working these heavy freight trains that Norfolk Southern operates,” mentioned one individual throughout public remark. 

The Montgomery County Commissioners are set to vote on authorizing the authority on Thursday.