Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
East Henry Street and North Market Street Mount Joy, PA 17552
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The Amtrak stop in Mount Joy consists of two small shelters, replaced in October 2006, on two paved low-level platforms situated in a deep trench. Despite the lack of a full service facility at this location, the stop is very popular and has seen a dramatic growth in ridership.
Since 2004, through the combined efforts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Amtrak, significant improvements have been made to the 104 mile rail line between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The goal of the multi-year "Keystone Corridor Improvement Project" was to improve the rail line in order to allow for all-electric train service, increase top speeds to 110 mph and add train frequencies including express options. To accomplish these goals, the electric system to power the trains was replaced and continuous welded rail and concrete ties were installed.
Plans for a new station at Mount Joy have been underway since 2005 and currently include a new overhead pedestrian bridge, platforms, canopies, lighting, stairways and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access improvements such as elevators between the platforms and street. As of summer 2013, the full cost of station improvements at Mount Joy was estimated at $27.5 million. That June, the Lancaster County Transportation Coordinating Committee, which acts as the county's Metropolitan Planning Organization, approved $12.5 million for the project in the county's transportation spending plan. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation expects construction to begin in spring 2014, and the Mount Joy Borough views the enhanced station as a key component in a larger downtown revitalization plan focused on Main Street.
Scotch-Irish settlers were the original pioneers in 1735 in the area now known as Mount Joy. They were quickly followed by large groups of German immigrants. Mount Joy Township was established in 1759. The growth of nearby townships such as Milton Grove and Bellaire helped attract growth to the area, as did the construction of the Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Middletown Turnpike and the Colebrook Valley Railroad. The area’s mills also made it a gathering point for farmers and tradesmen, contributing to the evolution of Mount Joy as an established population center.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility, which is served by an average of 15 daily trains.
Amtrak’s Keystone Service is financed in part through funds made available by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.