It's full speed ahead for Amtrak's latest plan to expand its public transportation across America. The train company released new details this week, and routes from New York City to Allentown and Reading are on the list.

The full proposal includes 39 new stops across America, and one those stops would mean a train running twice a day from the Lehigh Valley.

Amtrak said the last time there was a rail service to the Lehigh Valley was in 1981, and the company believes it's time. It is not alone.

"I think a passenger rail is long overdue, but I don't think we'll see it for another 15-20 years," said Easton Mayor Sal Panto, adding that he has long lobbied for this kind of public transportation.

Panto said he was a fan of getting a train linking New York City to the Lehigh Valley when he was in office in the 1980s, and said while he still likes the idea, he's still not sure it's going to happen, at least not for a while.

"I will continue to support it," he said. "I believe it's environmentally friendly, it's economically friendly, it'll benefit the [Lehigh] Valley, but I've heard so many empty promises and new infrastructure is good, I think it's gonna help it, but I'm not sure it's gonna make it successful."

Along those same lines, Amtrak is reminding people that this is all just a proposal.

"The next activity is bringing stakeholders together to outline more specifics of a desired service and perform a more thorough analysis," said an Amtrak spokesperson. "In short, yes, there is a very good chance we would have several LV stops if the vision comes to fruition."

Panto said he'll be waiting along with everyone else to see if this time, the idea actually stays on track.

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