Back on Track - Investing in Passenger Rail

State Rep. Joe Ciresi is hosting a hearing to discuss the importance of investing in passenger rail. 

The virtual was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13 and can be viewed below or on the Policy Committee Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net.

 

 

HEARING DETAILS 

Back on Track - Investing in Passenger Rail

(April 6, 2021)

A virtual hearing hosted by state Rep. Joe Ciresi on investing in passenger rail. Read more

 

IN THE NEWS 

Ciresi to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Tuesday on investing in passenger rail

(April 12, 2021)

Ciresi will lead the hearing to learn more about how state and regional transit authorities can play a role in improving Pennsylvania infrastructure and the role this investment would play in the state’s economy. Read more

 

Expansion of passenger rail has potential to boost Pa. economy, improve statewide commutes

(April 13, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 13 -- Passenger rail has the potential to improve regional access and reduce traffic congestion and state Rep. Joe Ciresi led today’s House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss how the state can get on board. The hearing featured three panels of testifiers highlighting President Joe Biden’s recent infrastructure plan and how rail connection across the state could help rural and suburban areas benefit from economic growth. Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro shared, “Improving passenger rail has the potential to create jobs, streamline commutes and would have a positive environmental impact on the state. I thank Representative Ciresi for hosting today’s hearing and I look forward to continuing this conversation on how investment of state and federal dollars can boost economic development throughout the state.” "I was grateful to the testifiers and the participants in today's hearing for continuing an important conversation about investment in passenger rail service," Ciresi said. "What we learned today is critical to making wise decisions about infrastructure and what is involved to bring much-needed improvements to transportation in many parts of the state, especially in Pottstown, Royersford and other stops on the potential Reading-to-Philadelphia corridor that I've long been working to resurrect. Our partnerships, both with the private sector and our federal elected officials, will be Read more

 
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Expanded Passenger Rail Could Boost Pennsylvania Economy

(April 13, 2021)

Local lawmakers say expanding passenger rail could boost the state's economy. State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) took part in a town hall Tuesday on rail traffic. Read more

 
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Passenger rail needs to get back on track in NE and throughout

(April 14, 2021)

They say they built the train tracks over Read more

 
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Berks proponent testifies in a Pa. House hearing on restoring passenger train service to Reading

(April 14, 2021)

Weidenhammer was one of more than a dozen passenger train proponents participating in the state House Democratic Policy Committee hearing, Read more

 
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Rep. Ciresi: Time is now to commit to Reading-to-Philadelphia rail service restoration

(April 19, 2021)

This is our opportunity. I invite you to imagine what could be possible for our section of southeastern Pennsylvania. Read more

 
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Passenger rail needs to get ‘back on track’ in the Northeast and throughout PA | My Turn

(April 19, 2021)

So, if Italy can be the European pioneer despite a challenging terrain of mountains, why can’t Pennsylvania transportation thrive on our rails? Read more

 
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Get passenger rail ‘back on track’ in the Northeast, Pennsylvania

(May 1, 2021)

“They say they built the train tracks over the Alps… before there was a train that could make the trip. They built it anyway. They knew one day the train would come.” This familiar line comes from a popular motion picture, “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Decades later, the train did come to Italy. In fact, the Italian railway system is one of the most important parts of the infrastructure of Italy and has grown with a new high-speed rail network. Read more

 

AGENDA + TESTIMONY 

Back on Track - Investing in Passenger Rail - Testimony

(April 13, 2021)

A hearing hosted by Rep. Joe Ciresi and getting passenger rail back on track in Pennsylvania. Read more