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 CP is running the old D&H in northeastern Pennsylvania. Guido DiCicco is a Canadian Pacific Vice-President for operations. His speech was reported extensively in the Times-Leader.

DiCiccio was the guest speaker at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Logistics Club Inc.’s railroad transportation night dinner at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

“The D&H is a very, very important link to the Canadian Pacific Railway,” he said. “It’s making money. It’s here to stay.”

The railway revived the bankrupt D&H and has made it a viable part of the 127-year-old Canadian Pacific’s system that crosses Canada from the Port of Vancouver to the Port of Montreal and drops down into the United States to ports in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

“I think we’ve got a great franchise,” DiCiccio said.

Freight also sustains the lines that run from Lackawanna County into the Poconos, said Larry Malski, chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority.

But within a few years passenger trains could be in operation from Scranton to Hoboken, N.J. Malski, who has spent years working on restoring passenger service, estimated the trains could be running in 2011 or 2012 if everything from funding to impact studies stays on track.

“It’s our job to advocate and try to keep it on that timeline,” Malski said.

The project as it stands costs $500 million, “a drop in the bucket” compared to highway construction, he said. Each day nine trains would run each way, with a travel time of 2 hours and 45 minutes. Most of the riders would be going to work in northern New Jersey, he said, adding an estimated 20,000 people travel by bus and car from the region to jobs in northern New Jersey and New York City.

Filed under: Regional USA Passenger Rail

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