Norfolk Southern has no interest in the project to bring passenger rail service to Phoenixville, at least in its current form, writes Justin Heinze for the Phoenixville Patch.
According to information shared by Royersford Borough, Rudy Husband, vice president of the railway, has reaffirmed the company’s negative position on the preliminary plan. At the same time, a Norfolk spokesperson stated that the railway has no official position on the matter, since no official proposal has yet been received.
According to project manager Barry Cassidy, Norfolk’s comments have prompted the organizers behind the rail proposal to meet again to decide on a direction forward.
The official proposal is to connect the Route 422 corridor to the Manayunk/Norristown Line using Norfolk’s existing non-electrified freight track.
However, the company has extensive requirements for any passenger trains using their lines.
“It’s a challenging situation,” said Norfolk spokesperson Jonathan Glass.
Norfolk is also asking for a year-long study that would be completely funded by a sponsoring public agency, but executed by the railway “so that Norfolk Southern could fully understand the potential impacts,” said Glass.
Read more about the potential to bring passenger rail service to Phoenixville from the Phoenixville Patch here.