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Amtrak begins Harrisburg Line track renewal

Amtrak expects to complete track work on the Harrisburg Line in nearly half the original estimated timeline.
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Amtrak is accelerating a project to improve track on the Harrisburg Line between Lancaster and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the railroad announced last week.

Amtrak expects to complete the work in nearly half the original estimated timeline of two years. Amtrak will replace the existing wood ties with concrete ties, which have an expected lifespan of 60 years versus 25 years for traditional wood ties, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

The railroad will spend $122 million on the project.

"Amtrak is making historic infrastructure investments through projects like this one, which will replace obsolete 1950s-era rail infrastructure which is at the end of its useful life," said Amtrak Executive Vice President of Capital Delivery Laura Mason. "We’re taking a fresh approach and expediting this important project with a combination of single and full track outages that will improve work efficiencies and reduce the duration of customer impacts."

The project began March 15. The work will require a series of track outages from April 8 through Nov. 21. During that period, Keystone Service trains between Lancaster and Harrisburg will be replaced with buses from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. 


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