READING, Pa. — Amtrak is planning to bring a host of local leaders together to discuss its plan to expand passenger train service in Pennsylvania, including Berks County and the Lehigh Valley.
The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance announced Wednesday that Amtrak will host a virtual roundtable discussion that will focus on the need for more passenger train service in the commonwealth.
The meeting, which is set for this Friday, will involve Gov. Tom Wolf, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Democrat who represents northeastern Pennsylvania; former U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, who serves as the chamber alliance's president and CEO; Leonard Lightner, the deputy mayor of Allentown; Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti; Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn; and Amtrak President Stephen Gardner.
Neither Berks County nor the Lehigh Valley has had passenger train service since 1981.