Amtrak Station Opened in Mount Joy

A new $33.5 million station in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, opened on Monday on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor.

A formal opening will be held on Oct. 21.

The station features two 500-foot-long high-level platforms connected by dual weather-enclosed elevator/stair towers and a covered walkway along South Market Street where it crosses over the double-track electrified main line.

The project also included making plans to the Pennsylvania Route 772 (Marietta Pike) bridge over the tracks.

The elevator/stair towers rise above street level and have large glass windows decorated with etched images of the English merchant ship Mountjoy, for which the town is named.

Platforms were given canopies, lighting, benches, emergency-alert kiosks, and direct access to and from street level on both sides.

Other site improvements included covered walkways for parking areas, landscaping, and slope stabilization, as well as improvements and expansion of the parking lot of 112 spaces.

Construction began in 2016 with funding from Amtrak, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration.

The Mount Joy station is one of several station upgrade projects that are part of a $400 million Keystone Corridor improvement plan.

Other stations being renovated are located in Elizabethtown  Exton, and Paoli, while upgraded facilities have been added at Coatesville, Downingtown, and Lancaster.

A new station is being constructed at  Middletown.

Mount Joy is located 24 miles east of Harrisburg and 12 miles west of Lancaster and is is served by eight eastbound trains and 11 westbound trains.

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