Bring Your Bike if Riding an Amtrak Keystone Train

HARRISBURG PA – Bicyclists who want to bring their wheeled rides with them on Amtrak excursions for most of the passenger train’s Keystone Service destinations can do so more conveniently beginning Sept. 15 (2020; Tuesday), according to a joint announcement by Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Local stations that are stops along the Keystone route between New York City and Harrisburg include those in Exton, Downingtown, Coatesville, and Paoli.

PennDOT and Amtrak said they expanded their partnership “Carry-On Bike Program” to allow customers to store their bikes inside passenger coaches in designated spaces. Additionally, Amtrak said it launched a similar program on its northeast regional trains, and worked with other rail lines to offer the program in Connecticut and northern New England.

Using newly installed luggage racks that convert to bike racks, the expanded program lets Amtrak provide storage space for up to two bikes per departure. Other spaces are being added as the rest of its fleet receives similar modifications. Standard full-size bicycles may be carried on, as long as the front wheel is removed, and stored onboard in bicycle racks. Specific reservations are required.

“Allowing riders the versatility to bring their bikes on the train is very important to PennDOT,” said Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation Jennie Granger. “Increased transit options will change the way people get around their cities while creating cost savings, improved health and wellness benefits, and more environmentally conscious choices.”

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