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

August 3, 2015

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.

Pa. Town Wants to be Capitol Limited Stop

December 21, 2013

A southwestern Pennsylvania town is seeking to become a station stop for Amtrak’s Capitol Limited.

Sommerset County Commissioners have hired a consultant, former state representative Richard Geist, to seek funding for station facilities in Rockwood, a town of about 1,000

Commissioners say the facility could cost as much as $3 million.

Rockwood has not had intercity rail passenger service since the coming of Amtrak in 1971. Previously, it had been a station for the Washington-Akron, Ohio, Shenandoah of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

City officials have been seeking to be added as a stop for the Chicago-Washington train since 1990. Amtrak conducted a feasibility study in 2009 that found that adding a station at Rockwood would cost $2.2 million.

Rockwood is located on the Capitol Limited route between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Its closest stops are Connellsville, Pa., and Cumberland, Md. It is less than 10 miles from the county seat of Somerset.