Issue Position: Local Issues - Fighting for Better Service to Cornwells Heights Station
At a time when economic growth is vital to this region, increasing commuter participation from Cornwells Heights will not only decrease traffic, congestion and air pollution, but it will also stimulate the local economy. At its peak, 26,000 riders used Cornwells Heights every year and that number was growing by 11 percent. Now commuters face the option of fewer trains and higher fares (avg. $972 per/month), or longer commutes through SEPTA, crowded highways with record gas prices. At a time when Lower Bucks County is making progress with economic growth and revitalization, improvements for commuters can continue moving the region forward.
* Congressman Murphy passed an amendment that would force Amtrak to determine whether more frequent stops at these stations, or better discounts there for daily commuters, would lead to an increase in ridership.
* This report will lead to increased ridership through a plan to expand passenger rail service by increasing the frequency of stops or reducing commuter ticket prices for this route.
* This amendment passed with bipartisan support, and the larger bill passed with a veto-proof margin of 311-104.