• The formal public comment period on the Draft State Rail Plan closed October 2, 2015.
  • The Federal Railroad Administration completed its review and the plan was approved in December 2016.
  • Links to the chapters and appendices are provided below.

2015 Pennsylvania State Rail Plan

The 2015 Pennsylvania State Rail Plan was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders from across the Commonwealth. This plan documents the existing passenger and freight rail systems in Pennsylvania, identifies the economic and technological trends that will shape the future of rail transportation in the state, and creates a vision for the future of rail service throughout Pennsylvania, including high-speed, intercity, commuter, and freight railroads.

This vision will be realized with the implementation of the Rail Service and Investment Program (RSIP) detailed in Chapter 5. The RSIP takes into consideration increased demand for both passenger and freight rail while assessing operational and capital needs to meet projected growth in these areas. The plan defines key rail initiatives necessary to serve growth in freight markets, to promote economic development across the Commonwealth, and to improve passenger rail travel. By defining the top priorities for rail investment, this plan positions the statewide rail system to take advantage of the focus of the Comprehensive Transportation Funding Plan of 2013 (better known as Act 89) on investment in multimodal transportation systems.

The 2015 Pennsylvania State Rail Plan meets the requirements of the federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) of 2008 and the State Rail Plan Guidance provided by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in September 2013.

2015 Pennsylvania State Rail Plan Chapters and Appendices

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Overview: The Role of Rail in Pennsylvania's Transportation Network
Description of how Pennsylvania’s passenger and freight rail elements fit as part of the state’s multimodal transportation network.

Chapter 2 - Pennsylvania’s Existing Rail System
Inventory of Pennsylvania’s existing rail system, key trends affecting future rail service, and needs and opportunities for improving passenger and freight rail service across the state.

Chapter 3 - Proposed Passenger Rail Improvements and Investments
Listing of projects and investments that could maintain and improve Pennsylvania’s passenger rail network, including high-speed, intercity, and commuter rail routes.

Chapter 4 - Proposed Freight Rail Improvements and Investments
Listing of plans and projects to maintain and improve Pennsylvania’s existing network of Class I, II, and III freight railroads.

Chapter 5 - Rail Service and Investment Program
Proposed passenger and freight rail investments, including a five-year plan of short-term improvements, a 20-year plan for long-term improvements, and a list of long-term vision projects to expand the reach of passenger and freight rail networks.

Chapter 6 - Coordination & Review: Stakeholder and Public Involvement
Description of the process and input gathered from PennDOT’s public and private sector partners during the development of the State Rail Plan.

Appendix A -
Existing (2013) and Projected (2040) Rail Commodity Movements in PA


Appendix B -
Pennsylvania Demographics (2000 – 2040)


Appendix C -
Proposed Passenger Rail Projects (2015 – 2040)


Appendix D -
Proposed Freight Rail Projects (2015 – 2040)


Appendix E -
Public Benefit Analysis


Appendix F -
Short-Term Passenger Rail Capital Funding Needs (2015 – 2019)


Appendix G -
Long-Term Passenger Rail Capital Funding Needs (2020 – 2040)


Appendix H -
SEPTA Regional Rail Ridership Forecasts (2020 – 2040)


Appendix I -
Short-Term Freight Rail Capital Project Funding Needs (2015 – 2019)


Appendix J -
Long-Term Freight Rail Capital Project Funding Needs (2020 – 2040)


Appendix K -
Vision Passenger and Freight Projects


Appendix L -
Stakeholder and Public Meeting Presentation Slides and Handouts


Appendix M -
Proposed Freight Rail Projects Submitted after July 20, 2015 Workshop