The LNP article “PennDOT buys land to add Lancaster Amtrak parking, but timetable undetermined” is indeed very good news because the painful shortage of parking at the Amtrak station has discouraged use of train service and thus thwarted downtown and regional development
It would have been even worse had not a decade ago, upon seeing the original plan to upgrade the station, NewsLanc’s publisher intervened with the planners to provide more commuter parking and to locate the spaces closer to the station.
It soon became all the more apparent that there was a far greater need for parking spaces than were provided. And someone, waiting on the train platform and looking across the tracks at the vacant land, might well have envisioned a parking garage with an upper floor bridge across the tracks and into the upper level of the station.
Certainly we did and we wrote about it several times.
Fortunately PennDOT has taken the initiative in this mater and hopefully the parking with associated commercial development on the 3.7 acre sites will be realized within the next two or three years.
To do this, it will take cooperation from Amtrak and Manheim Township. Public support for the project should be universal.
More good news from the point of view of tax payers is that the site is in Manheim Township, so gifts of taxpayer’s CRIZ money will not be involved. Hopefully the development will take place on its own merits.