Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sun Dec 03, 2023 6:51 amAll of this to serve what - a declining region that can claim for another fourteen months that it was the one-time home of an incumbent POTUS, as well as same for several members here who are rather vocal about their distaste for driving.And having now become one of those pesky, annoying rednecks in PA, most of the locals here really hope this boondoggle goes away. There is zero demand out here to go to NYC (nevermind on a regular basis!), and honestly, most people out here (myself included), don’t want the region to become any more West New Jersey than it already is. A more pressing need is some better regional transportation. The coal region has a bunch of sloppy local bus transit lines, but poor town-town interchange.
Sorry, none of this warrants committing large amounts of public funds to a region that has not seen a scheduled passenger train since pre-A-Day.
A twice a day Amtrak train to NYC serves nobody out here, and I doubt most folks out east want to go to Steamtown desperately enough to justify a few billion dollar outlay.