Rockwood, Pa., Still Wants to be Amtrak Flag Stop

A Pennsylvania town of less than 1,000 still wants to be a flag stop for Amtrak’s Capitol Limited.

Former state Rep. Richard Geist said that Amtrak is still analyzing the feasibility of stopping the Chicago-Washington, D.C., train in Rockwood, a Somerset County community of 954.

However, advocates of establishing the stop say that it would serve as a destination due to its strategic location on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, a 335-mile hiking and biking trail between Washington and Pittsburgh.

Rockwood is located nine miles from the county seat of Somerset and just under 58 miles from current Amtrak stations in Cumberland, Maryland, and Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

A 2009 Amtrak study of establishing service to Rockwood estimated that the stop would be served by 2,100 total patrons.

Rockwood has not had rail passenger service since the Baltimore & Ohio’s Washington-Akron Shenandoah made its last trips on April 30, 1971.

Amtrak’s 2009 report said the B&O station still stood, but was in a great state of disrepair.

More than likely, a Rockwood stop would require an alternative station site near the Rockwood Opera House, the Amtrak report said.

Geist has been hired as a consultant by the Somerset County commissioners to secure funding to establish an Amtrak station and stop.

At a flag stop, Amtrak requires at least 24 hours advance notice from the passenger, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.

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