Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority

Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority

Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority

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

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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 of track in Lackawanna, Wayne and Monroe Counties. The Monroe County Rail Authority was created in 1980, and controls over 12 million dollars in assets with...
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