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 2020 PA State Rail Plan will reflect changes in existing conditions and trends and will also identify proposed freight and passenger rail investments into 2045. The 2020 PA State Rail Plan will take effect upon the completion of a formal comment period and the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) review and approval of the final plan.

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. A virtual major stakeholder meeting was held in April 2020.

Two virtual, online public meetings were held in November 2020. Each meeting offered the same presentation and provided opportunity for questions and answers.

Click to view public meeting PowerPoint presentation (11MB pdf).

Click to view Q&A summary from the November 16 public meeting (133K pdf).

Click to view Q&A summary from the November 17 public meeting (118K pdf).

The 30-day public comment period on the Draft 2020 PA State Rail Plan concluded December 2, 2020. The plan is being refined based on public and stakeholder feedback. Links to the Draft Plan and appendices are provided below; these files will be updated when the plan is finalized.

Any questions? Contact the project team at

Draft Pennsylvania State Rail Plan Files

Draft 2020 PA State Rail Plan (12.5MB pdf)

Appendix A: Draft References (440K pdf)

Appendix B: Draft Other (Non-Class I-Affiliated) Transload Facilities (362K pdf)

Appendix C: Draft Proposed Passenger Rail Projects (4.3MB pdf)

Appendix D: Draft Section 130 and Other Grade-Crossing Projects (1MB pdf)

Appendix E: Draft Proposed Freight Rail Projects (757K pdf)

Appendix F: Draft RSIP Analysis - Passenger Short-Range and Long-Range Projects (446K pdf)

Appendix G: Draft RSIP Analysis - Freight Short-Range and Long-Range Projects (496K pdf)

If you need translation/interpretation services for the public meeting presentation or have special needs that require individual attention, contact Angela Watson, PennDOT Project Manager, at or 717-705-1318.

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, PennDOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. If you feel that you have been denied the benefits of, or participation in, a PennDOT program or activity, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Equal Opportunity, DBE/Title VI Division at 717-787-5891 or 800-468-4201.