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April 8, 2022

Amtrak and PennDOT to Restore Most Keystone Service

Two New Weekday Trains to be Added to Schedule

 PHILADELPHIA – In coordination with state partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, beginning Monday, April 25, Amtrak is adding additional Keystone Service trains (operating between Harrisburg, Philadelphia and New York) in response to anticipated increased demand. Two new weekday trains will also be added and on the weekends, all pre-pandemic Philadelphia to Harrisburg service will be fully restored.

“Rail provides a convenient and safe travel option,” said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation Jennie Louwerse. “After a long period of reduced schedules, PennDOT is pleased that Amtrak has been able to restore more daily trains and is proud to invest in rail service.”

Currently, Amtrak is operating 18 weekday trains (nine in each direction) between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Similarly, 14 weekday trains (seven in each direction) are currently offered between New York and Philadelphia and 10 weekend trains (five in each direction). Once the new service begins, 24 weekday trains (12 in each direction) will be offered each day between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, with 14 available on Saturdays (seven in each direction) and 16 on Sundays (eight in each direction). Between New York and Philadelphia, 20 weekday trains (10 in each direction) will be offered with 12 on Saturdays (six in each direction) and 11 on Sundays (five trains operating from Philadelphia to New York and six trains from New York to Philadelphia.)

Being able to easily travel from/to city centers, Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi, the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample leg room, no middle seat, and one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags.