Parking questioned at E-town train station
BY CHAD UMBLE, Staff Writer
With the beginning of work that will add 80 parking spaces to the Amtrak station in Elizabethtown, at least one train rider worries that the construction could tie up existing spaces before the new ones are ready.
At the Elizabethtown Borough Council meeting Thursday, Denise Miller-Tshudy raised a concern that she says is shared by some of her fellow train riders.
"I'm just asking that the borough come up with a plan -- have the foresight to see what could happen over these several months -- before that parking is available," Miller-Tshudy said.
Work began this month on a $2.5 million project that includes a new, lighted, 80-space parking lot at the end of Wilson Avenue. That first phase of the overall project is expected to take about five months to complete.
Miller-Tshudy said that while she is happy that a new lot is being built, she is worried about a report that construction vehicles may need to occupy existing spaces either along Wilson Avenue or in the current lot, shrinking the available spots for train riders.
Council member Meade Bierly said Miller-Tshudy raised a "legitimate concern." He suggested that there might be some possibilities for extra parking in the area, but said discussions would first need to take place with some of the property owners.
J. Neil Ketchum, council president, said he expects the construction work will be done with the least possible amount of equipment being parked in usable spots.
Miller-Tshudy said that while she takes the early train to Harrisburg and is able to get a space, she wonders how others will manage.
"I don't know where they're going to find a spot to make the train," she said.
Also, council approved RE Pierson Materials' low bid for stone supplies. The Elizabethtown firm submitted a bid of $44,715 to deliver four types of stone or stone dust.