Mayor Ed Pawlowski is inviting the public to join him this Saturday at 10:30am to show support for restoring passenger rail service to Allentown and the Lehigh Valley.
Amtrak’s Autumn Express will leave from New York City on Saturday and Sunday and accept passengers in Newark proceeding west through the Lehigh Valley to Harrisburg and then to Philadelphia before returning to Newark and NYC.
Pawlowski invites train enthusiasts to come to the intersection of Basin Street and Auburn Street by the railroad crossing in the city and bring signs and posters or just be there to cheer and clap the first passenger train in decades to pass through Allentown.
According to Pawlowski, “the Autumn Express is a test run to evaluate the tracks and equipment. It is the first step in an effort to restore regular passenger rail service to the area, but it is a step in the right direction. Please join me on Saturday by the rail crossing along the tracks to greet the passengers and the train and show your support for the return of passenger rail to the region.”
Participants will gather starting at 10am Saturday by the Auburn Street crossover in front of the Autumn Station Apartments. Parking is available in the nearby parking lot in the park. Pawlowski is bringing coffee😊.