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Old Posted Jul 29, 2016, 1:46 PM
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Future Amtrak Service in Northeast, Especially Philly

From today's Inquirer:

One of the big ideas in this project is establishing new Amtrak service at Jefferson station to increase connectivity to the regional rail and service to the Philly airport. I can see why you'd want service to the airport, but the expense of a new tunnel and station at Jefferson (which they mention in the article as among the more radical options) seems unnecessary. If you can get to Jefferson, you can get to 30th Street. That was the whole idea behind the commuter tunnel connecting those stations (well, really to Suburban, but it also connects through to 30th Street). We sacrificed the Roosevelt Boulevard Subway to have that connectivity.
The other thing they mention oddly is that the 30th Street subway station is about a block away from the iconic train terminal. While true, it is also part of the Schuylkill Yards project to reconnect the subway station with the station, so that shouldn't be a concern.
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Baltimore Penn Station

Amtrak wants to pick developer by summer 2017 to renovate Baltimore's Penn Station

By Colin Campbell
The Baltimore Sun
Aug. 10, 2016

"Amtrak officials said Wednesday they plan to pick a developer by this time next year to renovate Baltimore's century-old Penn Station, a project that's been stalled for years.

The quasi-public railway took a step toward tackling the station's countless overdue infrastructure improvements by soliciting qualifications from developers, consultants, engineers and other potential bidders. Rina Cutler, Amtrak's senior director of major stations planning and development, said officials want a vision for the station to come from those who would take on the project.

"Imagine this space as the city's newest living room," Cutler said at a news conference in the station lobby. "That is really what we hope to achieve with this process..."


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