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ARRA-funded Amtrak station work under way

Yesterday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) helped break ground for major renovations to Amtrak’s Elizabethtown, Pa., station. The project is funded by a $9.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant.

Proceeds will be used to renovate the station building, reconstruct and triple the size of each platform, and complete other upgrades. Lobar Inc. will serve as the general contractor.

During the past five years, ridership at the Keystone Corridor station has increased more than 93 percent. The facility now serves more than 80,000 passengers.

To date, the U.S. Department of Transportation has obligated more than $25 billion in ARRA funds nationwide for more than 7,700 projects. Pennsylvania has obligated $1.1 billion to fund more than 272 approved transportation projects.

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