Huntingdon wants more federal dollars for Amtrak

Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, Pa. - Leaders from Huntingdon County are proposing more federal dollars for what they say is the only form of public transportation in the area. 

The Amtrak passenger rail in Huntingdon only has one stop: a train going eastbound and another westbound. 

With an increase in ridership, advocates want more federal dollars to add three total stops. 

The route is part of the Keystone West Corridor, connecting Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. 

"We have a number of active adults who choose to ride instead of drive and they love being able to head to major metropolitan areas," Amy Wise, executive director of Huntingdon County Business and Industry said. 

Wise believes adding service would be an added benefit to the area. 

"It would spread out the impact, especially having Juniata College here and the number of international students who utilize the train quite frequently to get to international airports," she added. 

Wise joins Mark Spada, a board member for Western Pennsylvania for Passenger Rail in talking with staffers from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey's office. 

Casey is calling on congressional leaders to fund $1.9 billion worth of grants for infrastructure improvements. 

"This lack of service really hinders the ability of business or pleasure travelers to maximize the ability to use the train because there's only one a day," Spada said. 

Other stations along the Keystone West Corridor, including Tyrone and Altoona, are said to have only one stop as well. 

Spada said it'll take Amtrak providing necessary information to PennDOT before any changes can happen. 

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