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Old 02-10-2020, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Chadds Ford
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It's not that the two states can't cooperate. They understand that the Atlantic City railroad line can't terminate in Pensauken NJ, it has to go to 30th street station in Philadelphia to be viable.

But if you look at the Raritan Valley Line which was extended five stations to the west to include North Branch to High Bridge, there is almost no significant ridership on these stations. Although government officials would like to extend it to Phillipsburg, the ridership would be so low that the per person cost would be ridiculous.

You won't get the states to cooperate on a money losing proposition like commuter rail service to the Lehigh Valley.
I took the Raritan Valley line to NYC exactly once. The two biggest problems with it are:
  1. Sporadic service from those far-flung stations. If you miss the 6:41 out of High Bridge, the next train leaves at 9:18.
  2. You need to transfer at Newark to actually get into NYC.

If you do it right, people will ride it. If you do it wrong, of course people won't ride it.
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Old 02-13-2020, 11:57 AM
 
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If you do it right, people will ride it. If you do it wrong, of course people won't ride it.
They don't have the passengers to offer regular service. It is possible to make trains that pass through Newark without changing trains, but it is expensive and they are only slowly adding thru service.
My point is that if the service is awful to the West of Raritan, just think how bad it would be from Phillipsburg, let alone Allentown or Bethlehem.
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Old 02-16-2020, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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Yes! Greyhound / Trailways. I took Greyhound yesterday from Philadelphia to Allentown. About an 1.5 hour trip, at least on a Saturday morning/evening in the winter.
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Old 03-20-2020, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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After Bieber stops their business, is there currently any bus between Philly and Bethlehem/Allentown?

Thank you!!!
There are a limited number of daily buses between Philadelphia and Allentown on Fullington Trailways.

http://www.fullingtontours.com

There are also a few daily buses between Philadelphia and Allentown on Martz Trailways.

https://martztrailways.com/
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Old 03-21-2020, 09:46 AM
 
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Finding right-of-way all the way to Philadelphia would be more of a challenge, but I would be shocked if it was impossible. If all else fails, there's eminent domain.

I remember taking the train from WB to Philadelphia in 1953. You took the Lehigh Valley RR to Bethlehem and then caught a Reading RR train to Philadelphia. The Reading train had a steam engine pulling it. I saw it on a curve. I believe that the right of way still exists.


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