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Elevators Out of Service at 2 Amtrak Stations

March 27, 2021

Elevators at Amtrak stations in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, and Marshall, Texas, were reported to be out of service.

No date was given in an Amtrak service advisory for when either elevator would be back in service.

At Mount Joy the elevators lead to the boarding platforms. Passengers requiring an elevator should board at Elizabethtown station, approximately seven miles away or Lancaster, approximately 11 miles away.

The service advisory said the closet alternative boarding site for Marshall, which is served by the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle, is Longview, approximately 30 minutes west of Marshall.

Amtrak Station Opened in Mount Joy

October 8, 2019

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.

Boarding Changes Set in Mount Joy

March 2, 2017

Due to construction, the boarding process will change at the Amtrak station in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, starting March 6. Between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. passengers will board trains on westbound Track No. 2. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2017.

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.