Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority


Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority

Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority is a bi-county creation of both Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania and Monroe County, Pennsylvania to oversee the use of common rail freight lines in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

From Scranton north to the city of Carbondale on lines of the former Delaware and Hudson Railway's Pennsylvania Branch, from Scranton east into Monroe County on lines of the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, towards New Jersey and the New York City market, and from Scranton south to Montage Mountain, Moosic on lines of the former Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railroad third-rail interurban streetcar line.

Overview

In February, 2006, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, and Monroe County, Pennsylvania, agreed to merge their rail authorities.

The consensus reached was that the operation of the railroad needed to a multi-county venture and that a regional approach was necessary as trackage begins and ends outside individual county boundaries. In addition, it was felt that the pooling of resources was necessary in order to operate a railroad in a very competitive environment and, conversely, to obtain the funding necessary to operate a railroad from the State and Federal governments.

The Lackawanna Railroad Authority, established in 1985 has over $16 million dollars in assets and operates more than 66 miles of track in Lackawanna, Wayne and Monroe Counties. The Monroe County Rail Authority was created in 1980, and controls over $12 million in assets with trackage totaling 29 miles. Its primary objective is to re-establish rail passenger service with New Jersey Transit between Scranton and Hoboken, New Jersey by way of the New Jersey Cut-Off, with connecting service into Manhattan, New York.

The designated freight operator of the lines in Pennsylvania is the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad.

References

* [http://www.pnrra.org Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority]


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