Work on Mount Joy’s train station is making good progress and it is expected to be open to passengers in September, Borough Manager Samuel Sulkosky said.
Although weather could change things, the anticipated date for the station to be open to passengers is Sept. 18, Sulkosky said in response to a question from the Advocate.
There might be some minor outstanding things to be done when the station opens to passengers, he said.
The Amtrak stop in Mount Joy currently consists of two small shelters, replaced in October 2006, on two paved low-level platforms in a deep trench. Between 2004 and 2006, through the combined efforts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Amtrak, significant improvements were made to the 104-mile rail line between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The goal of the multi-year “Keystone Corridor Improvement Project” was to improve the rail line in order to allow for all-electric train service, increase top speeds to 110 mph and add train frequencies including express options. To accomplish these goals, the electric system to power the trains was replaced and continuous welded rail and concrete ties were installed.
Discussions on improving the Mount Joy station began in 2005. Seven years later, the first phase of a larger enhancement project was completed with the installationof additional parking, streetscaping and a covered walkway between the parking lot and station. The Lancaster County Transportation Coordinating Committee, which acts as the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, approved $12.5 million for the project in the county’s transportation spending plan in June 2013.
In October 2016, community, state and Amtrak leaders gathered at Mount Joy to break ground on the second phase of the station project, which is estimated to span three years and cost approximately $25 million. Work includes a new overhead pedestrian bridge, high-level platforms,canopies, lighting, stairways, additional parking and accessibility improvements such as elevators between the platforms and street. The borough views the station as a key component in a larger downtown revitalization plan focused on Main Street.