Excursion run idea seems premature

Plans for a train ride to New York have jumped the tracks. Running a one-day train excursion from Allentown to New York seemed like such a good idea that when an Amtrak official suggested it in December, people from three states began inquiring about tickets.

Apparently, the idea was better in concept than execution, because the train ride Amtrak executive Joe McHugh said could happen by April not only hasn’t happened, it probably won’t — at least not any time soon.

~ Matt Assad, from Allentown Train Ride to New York Derailed

Lehigh Valley shouldn’t miss the next train

I can’t tell you how many local articles I’ve read on the subject. Kirk Raup of Bethlehem is frequently quoted with ideas that could bring this elusive endeavor to reality. Raup makes sense to any objective observer. He cites how important it is for our city and county leaders to form a regional rail transit agency necessary to start the ball rolling, and he gives some suggestions on how it might be funded.

~ Wally Ely, from Lehigh Valley Shouldn’t Miss the Next Train