Mount Joy Borough Amtrak Batch To Introduce Fees | Community News

When: Meeting of the Borough Council of Mount Joy, April 4.

What happened: Rail travelers who park their cars at Mount Joy Amtrak Station will soon have to pay a fee. Borough Superintendent Mark Pugliese told the council that the state’s Department of Transportation would install barriers and introduce parking fees in state-owned parking spaces around the station.

Why the change: Pugliese said the change is to ensure the land is available for train passengers and not used for general parking. He specifies that the borough has no say.

Update: Since the April 4 meeting, State Department of Transportation Press Secretary Alexis Campbell said the state has contracted with Kinsley Construction Inc. to install a parking management system at the Mount Joy Station as part of a multi-station effort along the Keystone Corridor. Campbell said the changes will give customers reliable access to parking when using Mount Joy Station and help with grounds maintenance costs. The project, which will be undertaken on the 53-space lot at Delta and East Henry Streets, will include the installation of a gate system, signage and security cameras. Parking rates have yet to be determined, she said. Construction is expected to be complete in late summer 2022. Recently, the Borough of Elizabethtown announced that PennDOT will charge $2 per day for a parking space at its Amtrak station.

Background: A five-year project to improve passenger access and parking at Mount Joy Station, 25 S. Market St., was completed in 2019 at a cost of $33 million. The new station features elevated platforms with canopies, two elevators and stair towers with a pedestrian walkway between the eastbound and westbound platforms. The project added new parking spaces and improved existing ones. In 2019, before the pandemic, ridership was 47,960 at Mount Joy Station on the Keystone Corridor, the 349-mile train line between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The line is used extensively by commuters on the electrified section between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

other business: Council authorized a transfer of funds and awarded two street construction contracts for street construction projects. The borough will use $83,897 of U.S. bailout funds to pay for street construction and stormwater drainage costs for the North Angle Street and Pinkerton Road projects.

Contractors: The contract for the improvement of Pinkerton Road was awarded to the lowest bidder Construction Masters Services Inc. in the amount of $1,198,207. The contract for the North Angle Street Improvement was awarded to the lowest bidder Highway Materials Inc. for $631,811.

Mount Joy Main Street: Board-approved sponsored events, including Restaurant and Retail Week, April 17-24; Craft/Art/Maker Show, June 11; and Motor Show, July 23.

Barnstormers Celebration: Saturday, July 16 will be Mount Joy Community Night at Clipper Magazine Stadium

Milanof-Schock Library: Executive Director Joseph McIlhenney reported that the library’s annual appeal raised $24,571 from 332 donors in just three weeks.

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