The Mount Joy Train station has had a presence along the historic Pennsylvania Railroad, today known as the Keystone Corridor, since the early 1900s. The station is not only a tool in the overall movement of passengers by rail within the commonwealth, but a part of the local community. The station is well-used but had long been little more than a "bus stop" along the Keystone Corridor, consisting of two small shelters, replaced in October 2006, on two paved low-level platforms situated in a deep trench.
The need for station enhancements coincided with revitalization efforts in downtown Mount Joy, just one block away. PennDOT collaborated with Main Street Mount Joy, a nonprofit devoted to promoting a vibrant downtown, through the multi-year process of visioning, conceptual development, and design. The enhanced station is a key component in the Borough's larger downtown revitalization plan focused on Main Street.
Improvements to streetscaping and parking at Mount Joy Station were completed in 2012, including a reconstructed parking lot, a covered walkway between the parking lot and station, and streetscaping for aesthetics and improved access to the station. Enhancements are consistent with design standards for downtown Mount Joy projects.
Phase 2, which began in 2016, included the construction of covered high-level, accessible platforms, elevators, stair towers, and a pedestrian connection between the platforms as well as expansion of the parking along West and East Henry Streets. Completion of these improvements was celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 21, 2019.
More information on capital projects along the Keystone Corridor can be found on the Plan the Keystone website.