Mount Joy, PA (MJY)
Nearby mills made Mount Joy a gathering place for tradesmen in the 18th century, as did access via the Lancaster, Elizabethtown and Middletown Turnpike and the Colebrook Valley Railroad.
East Henry Street and North Market Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 50,751
- Facility Ownership: Amtrak
- Parking Lot Ownership: Church of God of Mount Joy
- Platform Ownership: Amtrak
- Track Ownership: Amtrak
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
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. Between 2004 and 2006, through the combined efforts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Amtrak, significant improvements were 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.
Discussions on improving the Mount Joy station began in 2005. Seven years later, the first phase of a larger enhancement project was completed with the installation of additional parking, streetscaping and a covered walkway between the parking lot and station. 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 in June 2013.
In October 2016, community, state and Amtrak leaders gathered at Mount Joy to break ground on the second phase of the station project, which is estimated to span three years and cost approximately $25 million. Crews will install a new overhead pedestrian bridge, high-level platforms, canopies, lighting, stairways, additional parking and accessibility improvements such as elevators between the platforms and street. The Mount Joy Borough views the 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.
- 10 Short Term Parking Spaces
- Dedicated Parking
- Pay Phones