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New Middletown Station Opens Jan. 10

January 8, 2022

Amtrak will begin using the new Middletown station on Jan. 10 following completion of construction of the multimodal facility.

In a news release, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said the new station will have high-level accessible boarding platforms, a pedestrian overpass, elevators, stair towers, on-site parking, and bus loading zones.

PennDOT said the $49.5 million station project was part of an initiative to improve rail passenger travel in the Keystone Corridor, part of which also is used by commuter trains of Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Funding for the project included $25.6 million from the Federal Transit Administration, $15.9 million from PennDOT and $8 million of in-kind work from Amtrak.

PennDOT said it collaborated with the Middletown Borough, Capital Area Transit and Harrisburg International Airport.

In a related development, Amtrak said low platforms will go into service on Jan. 10 at its station in the Keystone Corridor at Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said use of low-level platforms is a temporary measure because the current high-level boarding platforms are out of service due to construction at the station site.

The temporary platforms are located less than a half mile away from the previous location of 39 Station Avenue.

Westbound trains will board in the Suburban Square parking lot off Anderson Avenue while eastbound trains will board in the municipal parking lot located off Ardmore Avenue.

Keystone Service Modified Due to Station Work

December 18, 2020

Amtrak has announced scheduled changes to its Keystone Service trains due to construction at the station in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

The changes are effective through Jan. 8, 2021. During this period all Keystone Service trains will require reservations until further notice.

Another changes are:

  • Train 620 will operate 5 minutes later from Harrisburg to Elizabethtown, will now stop at Mt. Joy and will operate 6 minutes later from Lancaster to Philadelphia.
  • Train 622 will now stop at Mt. Joy and will operate 1 minute later from Lancaster to Philadelphia.
  • Train 646 will operate 1 minute earlier from Harrisburg to Elizabethtown, will now stop at Mt. Joy and will operate on the current schedule from Lancaster to Philadelphia.
  • Train 652 will operate 10 minutes earlier from Harrisburg to Philadelphia
  • Train 654 will operate 10 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.
  • Train 605 will operate 10 minutes later from Philadelphia to Harrisburg.
  • Train 607 will operate 10 minutes earlier from Philadelphia to Harrisburg.
  • Train 645 will operate 10 minutes later from Lancaster to Harrisburg.
  • Train 669 will operate 5 minutes later from Elizabethtown to Harrisburg on weekends.

Train 666 will operate 15 minutes later on the entire route from Harrisburg to Philadelphia on the weekends through Dec.

Train 619 will operate 5 minutes later from Coatesville to Harrisburg through Jan. 8.

New Middletown Station Seen As finished in July 2021

January 17, 2020

Construction of a new Amtrak station in Middletown, Pennsylvania, is expected to be completed by July 2021.

But first the project needs to be put out for bid, a process that began on Dec. 19.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is taking bids that are to be opened on Jan. 29.

PennDOT recently held a meeting for prospective contractors who might wish to bid on the project.

The station will be built along West Main Street on the Amtrak Keystone Corridor.

In preparation for station construction, Amtrak is moving the tracks in the vicinity of the station site.

PennDOT is expected to award the winning construction contract bids in March and to give contractors a notice to proceed on March 16.

Middletown Station Work to Begin in 2020

July 19, 2019

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.

New Middletown Depot Construction Delayed

January 16, 2018

A new Amtrak station for Middletown, Pennsylvania, is not expected to open until sometime in 2021 or 2022.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said it will take a couple years before construction can begin to build a new platform and station.

PennDOT attributed the delay to track work yet to be performed by Norfolk Southern.

NS must relocate about a mile of its track at a cost of about $6.5 million to make room for relocating two tracks that will be used by Amtrak.

“Given the uncertainty of the railroads’ track schedules, a firm completion date was never set,” said PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick said. “Track work construction schedules are contingent upon the availability of the Amtrak and Norfolk Southern workforces.”

The new station is expected to cost $24.4 million and replace the existing depot on Mill Street. That facility is not accessible to handicapped individuals. The new facility will be built along Route 230 at the end of Ann Street.

Kirkpatrick said the station design is being reviewed by Amtrak.

A public-private partnership known as Keystone Connections has submitted a preliminary proposal to build the station and related developments.

Keystone has not yet released many details on the project other than it expects to construct a 400-space parking area and that there will be room for retail shops and possibly a hotel.

The station project also includes a pedestrian bridge to be built over Route 230 that will link the Penn State Harrisburg campus to the station and downtown Middletown.

Planning for the station project began in 2009. Middletown is served by Amtrak’s Keystone Service trains between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

PennDOT Seeks Proposals for TOD on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor

July 18, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will seek proposals for transit-oriented development at one or more Amtrak stations on the carrier’s Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Locations to be considered include Harrisburg, Elizabethtown, Mount Joy, Lancaster, Parkesburg and Downingtown

A PennDOT news release said that transit oriented development opportunities could involve soliciting a private partner to provide operation and maintenance services; allowing a private partner to provide parking upgrades either through surface lot expansion or with the construction of parking garage; and if deemed feasible, the ability to provide both residential or commercial development.

One project has already been approved by the state for the station in Middletown.

PennDOT will review proposals to consider market soundness to determine whether to proceed on an individual station basis or whether to bundle more than one station into an agreement.

Work Progressing on New Pa. Amtrak Stations

November 8, 2016

Plans for a new Amtrak station in Middletown, Pennsylvania, remain active, but officials are cautioning that it will be a while before construction begins.

penndotAmtrak recently broke ground for a new station in nearby Mount Joy.

Before work on building the Middletown station can begin Amtrak needs to relocate some tracks.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said that work is tentatively set to get underway in mid 2017 depending on the availability of Amtrak and Norfolk Southern track workers.

PennDOT spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick said his agency is working with Amtrak to relocate a signal box in conjunction with the planned Middletown station, which is slated to be built between the Westporte Centre shopping center and the Ann Street bridge.

Kirkpatrick said the signal box must be moved before the track relocation work can be done.

Proposals to build a pedestrian bridge across West Main Street and a possible parking garage are due in December with contracts likely to be awarded in late 2017 or early 2018.

The groundbreaking for the Mount Joy station occurred on Oct. 26. The $25 million station is expected to take two to three years to complete.

High-level platforms with canopies will replace the current low-level platforms. There will also be elevators, an enclosed stair tower and a pedestrian overpass between the east and westbound platforms. In addition, 42 parking spaces are being added and 112 existing spaces are being improved.

Mount Joy and Middletown are on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor. Amtrak stations in Elizabethtown and Lancaster were renovated earlier with the Coatesville station expected to be improved.

Lancaster and Elizabethtown are also served by the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian.