Pa. Town Wants to be Capitol Limited Stop

A southwestern Pennsylvania town is seeking to become a station stop for Amtrak’s Capitol Limited.

Sommerset County Commissioners have hired a consultant, former state representative Richard Geist, to seek funding for station facilities in Rockwood, a town of about 1,000

Commissioners say the facility could cost as much as $3 million.

Rockwood has not had intercity rail passenger service since the coming of Amtrak in 1971. Previously, it had been a station for the Washington-Akron, Ohio, Shenandoah of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

City officials have been seeking to be added as a stop for the Chicago-Washington train since 1990. Amtrak conducted a feasibility study in 2009 that found that adding a station at Rockwood would cost $2.2 million.

Rockwood is located on the Capitol Limited route between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Its closest stops are Connellsville, Pa., and Cumberland, Md. It is less than 10 miles from the county seat of Somerset.

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