Brian O’Neill’s column on Amtrak (“Addition of Amtrak Train Is Up in Air,” Sept. 17) highlighted the appalling state of Amtrak train service to Pittsburgh, to say nothing of the embarrassing condition of the Amtrak station itself.
I am a resident of The Pennsylvanian apartments above the train station. I have taken the train to New York. I can only imagine what first-time visitors to Pittsburgh must think when they emerge from their trains and pass through the dingy basement train station to a dismal parking lot under a dark railroad underpass. I see them trundling along Liberty Avenue with their roller suitcases wondering where to go.
If Pittsburgh is to be a world-class city, it must have more frequent train service, not just two trains a day, and a first-class welcoming train station.
I urge Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and VisitPittsburgh to take up the challenge with Amtrak and PennDOT.