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The Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority (PNRRA) has signed a joint planning agreement with Amtrak related to the proposed operation of intercity passenger-rail service between Scranton, Pennsylvania, and New York City.
Amtrak will provide professional services including infrastructure assessment and ridership and revenue forecasting estimates of equipment needs and other analysis of the Amtrak proposed Scranton to New York City Corridor, according to a news release.
"This proposed new Amtrak corridor will provide the residents of northeastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey and New York City a brand new transportation option and direct connection between the region and the entire Amtrak system which serves over 500 stations in the United States and Canada, said PNRRA Chairman Bob Hay.
The project analysis will take about a year to complete and cost $400,000.