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11/10/2008



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RDC, LeGrand America to launch Steel City Flyer passenger service


Railroad Development Corp. (RDC) and Pittsburgh-based transportation company LeGrand America recently announced they're teaming up to provide a new bus service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pa. Geared toward business travelers, the Steel City Flyer will launch operations on Nov. 24. The service will connect with Amtrak at the Harrisburg Transportation Center, enabling passengers to travel to such destinations as New York City, Trenton, N.J., and Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa.

Business travelers need more transportation options, said RDC Chairman Henry Posner III in a prepared statement. In September, US Airways eliminated air service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Meanwhile, Amtrak has increased both train speeds and frequency east of Harrisburg. Steel City Flyer and Amtrak plan to soon announce joint fares and ticketing.

Steel City Flyer initially will operate two non-stop round trips every business day in each direction. The service will feature two leased luxury coaches until new, custom-built coaches are available. The buses will offer passengers WI-FI service, tray tables, pillows, movies, reserved seat assignments, attendant service, reclining seats and footrests, as well as overhead audio speakers, reading lights and air vents at every seat.

The buses will carry about 40 passengers and make the trip in about three-and-a-half hours.


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