Middletown Station Work to Begin in 2020

Construction of a new Amtrak station is still expected to begin in Middletown, Pennsylvania, in 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has said.

The depot would open in 2021 or 2022 depending on the construction timetable that PennDOT establishes.

A PennDOT spokesman said that Norfolk Southern and Amtrak track relocation must be completed before work can begin on the new station, which will be located on West Main Street.

The NS tracks will be moved first and then Amtrak-owned tracks will be realigned.

The original station design called for an overhead pedestrian bridge over West Main Street that would have connected Penn State Harrisburg on the north side of West Main with the new train station, and with the extended Emaus Street pathway to downtown.

That element of the project has been eliminated after PennDOT officials decided the $7 million was too expensive.

Instead, PennDOT is eyeing changes to West Main Street designed to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the street.

PennDOT has budgeted $32 million for the Middletown station project.

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