Rail Plans Move Forward in Philadelphia

Plans to create a waterfront rail line in Philadelphia are moving forward, as the city approves funding for environmental studies and early design work.

The plan would create a system of rail lines and streetcars in the city's downtown and near the waterfront.

"Robert Box, general manager of the PATCO rail line, said it was beneficial to advance the environmental study and preliminary engineering as quickly as possible to seek federal funding.

'We've built a lot of momentum and a lot of support,' Box said, 'and it is important to keep this moving.'

DRPA Chairman John Estey said federal money was crucial: 'We can't fund this unless there's federal money.'"

Full Story: On track: Phila. waterfront rail line

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