Welcome to Wilkes-Barre Rail
This page is home base to the online sharing and chronicling of transit rail evolution information in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, and NEPA in general.
Wilkes-Barre Rail blog entries are here. A
quick summary of transit rail projects is here.
Projects of Focus
There are a number of issues this page monitors as it relates to the development of transit rail in Wilkes-Barre and the
region at large.
Lackawanna Cutoff Project - This is a long active plan for NJ Transit to connect New York City with Scranton using conventional commuter (if not optimized) trains. Actual work is being done on the New Jersey half of the project to advance trackage toward the PA border but virtually no work has been done on the Pennsylvania side as of 2019. This is technically
a project to restore service as it once thrived early in the previous century.
Intercity Light or Regional Rail - There have been ghosty mentions here and there to connect Hazleton, and cities
in between, such as Wilkes-Barre, with a light rail system touching Scranton. As above, almost as more a restoration of
prior service which existed once as a booming streetcar system.
The Pennsylvania Hyperloop - There is currently a monied study being paid for by the PA Turnpike Authority to
develop a hyperloop system between Philadelphia and Pittsburg, with a specific jaunt connecting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. If built it would be one of the first fixed guideway solutions employing this otherwise hypothetical and some suspect "over-hyped"
transportation technology. This strikes WBRAIL as a bit lofty; the "official" support of this website is for a
high speed rail system or an optimized conventional commuter service.
Indirect Rail Topics - I also use WBRAIL as a vehicle to commentate on local issues, politics, and events which
all, in some way, affect the probability of any actual transit rail development in Luzerne County. Wilkes-Barre is my home town
and I will always care about its fabric and direction.
What Gets Posted
I include links to mainstream media links, blogs (including those from Wilkes-Barre Rail's own entry category) and other PR information posts that are released directly by agencies at their respective websites, and individual online commentary in various forms, whenever said content is pertinent to the advancement of transit rail options in the region. News and information links deemed likely to directly or indirectly impact this kind of development are also sometimes included.
The goal of the link list is to provide a consistent chronological narrative on the march toward rail that visitors can consume in a single visit.
The list is manually curated in order to provide the best web experience. For example, while not always possible, I link to less ad-infested resources over more infested ones when the same information is being presented. I also try to avoid those resources with pay walls or any other blocks to the wider audience. I cross out links as they discovered dead though I keep the crossed out link posted in order to provide continuity of narrative.
Most of the same links are broadcast through various online channels such as through the Wilkes-Barre Rail Twitter feed or its Facebook group.
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