Ridership on Amtrak’sKeystone line through Lancaster County grew by 5.2 percent in the last six months, the nation’s passenger railroad corporation announced Tuesday.
Amtrak has 13 trains each weekday stopping at the Lancaster, Mount Joy and Elizabethtown stations on the Keystone line and nine weekend trains. The Keystone line carries passengers between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.
The Keystone carried 723,461 passengers in the first half of the fiscal year, compared to 687,860 during the same period last year.
Three Berks County fire companies that have fought fires together for decades will be merging to form the Eastern Berks Fire Department in January.
The Goodwill Fire Co. in Bally, Volunteer Barto Fire Co. and the Keystone Fire Co. of Bechtelsville will join for what they say will provide better service, according to a news release.
“After three years of talks, negotiations, forms, inventories and legal approval, the three will begin operating as a single department at 4 p.m. on Jan. 3,” Rev. Paul Bartlett of the fire department said in the release.