PennDOT, in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders from across the Commonwealth, is updating the PA State Rail Plan, last updated in 2015. The updated PA State Rail Plan will reflect changes in existing conditions and trends and will also identify proposed freight and passenger rail investments into 2045. Public and stakeholder involvement is an important element of the plan update to ensure plan strategies, actions, and investments help meet passenger and freight rail needs in the Commonwealth. The 2020 PA State Rail Plan will take effect in late 2020 upon the completion of a formal comment period and the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) review and approval of the final plan.

PennDOT initiated outreach activities, including solicitation of future rail projects, early in the plan update process, and will continue seeking stakeholder and public input through the completion of the draft 2020 PA State Rail Plan. Following is a list of opportunities for public involvement:

Spring 2020:

Fall 2020:

These activities serve as the backbone of the project outreach efforts.

This website will be updated regularly to provide timely information regarding plan activities, including public meeting notices and survey links. Please check back often for more information or contact the project team at