Scranton-NY train line moving forward

Downtown — By on August 4, 2005 at 11:07 am

Last week Congress approved up to $120 million for work to establish a passenger train line from Hoboken, New Jersey, to Scranton.

The funding represents only a very preliminary step in the process — environmental assessments must be completed and state funding secured before monies will be specifically allocated to the rail line. It is, nonetheless, a necessary step and a promising development.

According to the website of New Jersey Transit, which would presumably operate the rail line, the Lackawanna Cutoff would provide service from Scranton to Hoboken and New York’s Penn Station. The route would run along existing freight right of ways in Pennsylvania.

Proposed stations would serve Blairstown and Andover in New Jersey and Scranton, Mount Pocono, Analomink and East Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania, according to New Jersey Transit.

New Jersey Transit estimates the total cost of the project at $350 million; but if completed, the Lackawanan Cutoff would provide a link between our region and the metropolitan New York area.

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