Maloney and Mensch Announce Funding for Regional Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust Project
9/9/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R- Berks) and Sen. Bob Mensch (R- Montgomery, Bucks, Berks) announced today that the Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust will be receiving a $676,029 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under the Multimodal Transportation Fund for the construction of a train station located in the Pottstown Borough.

The Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust will utilize the funding to relocate a terminal located in Birdsboro and construct a 1400-square-foot passenger rail station, including ADA boarding platform and train-bicycle-kayak access. The project will also include signage, markings, and walkways connecting the station as well as parking, lighting, bicycle-share and other site improvements.

The train station will correct safety and connectivity concerns by joining multiple modes of transportation including but not limited to walking, bicycling, ADA mobility, passenger rail, public bus transport, automobiles and freight rail service. This is a regional project linking Berks and Montgomery counties and several municipalities. The total project cost is $965,756.

The Colebrookdale Railroad Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing an ongoing tourist passenger operation on the Colebrookdale Railroad. The Trust will assist the line’s designated operator, the Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad, and the line’s owner, Berks County, to restore and enhance this remarkable resource for the benefit of the people of Southeastern Pennsylvania now and into the future.

“This is a great regional opportunity to increase marketing, tourism development, and community access,” said Mensch. “It addition, it will provide educational opportunities in partnership with local institutions in the tri-county area.”

As a longtime resident of Boyertown, Maloney said that while restoring the railroad as a historic gem will certainly attract tourism dollars and instill community pride, he expects significant economic impact in other areas.

“According to the economic studies that recommend this restoration project be undertaken, 270 new jobs will be created through the construction and implementation phases of the project and 80 new permanent jobs once it is complete,” Maloney said. “Beyond that, the Colebrookdale spur portion of the project could result in even greater economic growth depending on how many freight customers it attracts.”

Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
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