WEST CHESTER (June 6) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that a Public Open House on the upcoming Paoli Train Station project is set for this Wednesday, June 8 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the train station’s inbound (southern) side.

Artist's rendering of the proposed Paoli Transportation Center from the north parking lot. Image courtesy of SEPTA/Amtrak.

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Paoli Transportation Center from the north parking lot. Image courtesy of SEPTA/Amtrak.

“It is an exciting time in Paoli and in Chester County,” Dinniman said. “Major investments in our regional transportation infrastructure, like the new Paoli Transportation Center, don’t just mean an easier and quicker ride for rail passengers, they also provide incentives for entrepreneurs from local small-business owners to international corporations, to call Chester County home.”

“I want to thank PennDOT,  Amtrak, SEPTA, Tredyffrin Township and the Paoli Business and Professional Association for their continued work and involvement in this project for making the public open house available to residents and rail riders,” he added.

Construction is set to begin this summer on the first part of a three-phase project that will transform the current rail station located at 13 N. Valley Road into the new Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center.

The first phase of the project will bring the station into compliance with federal transportation accessibility standards and the American with Disabilities Act. It calls for significant upgrades and improvements including a new center high-level platform, elevators and ramps, a pedestrian overpass, improved parking, ADA accessibility improvements, and upgrades to the existing rail infrastructure.  The estimated $36 million first phase is expected to be completed in 2018.

Artist's rendering of the proposed Paoli Transportation Center from the Valley Road bridge. Image courtesy of SEPTA/Amtrak.

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Paoli Transportation Center from the Valley Road bridge. Image courtesy of SEPTA/Amtrak.

The completion of the accessibility improvements will set the stage for the second phase of the project, which calls for replacing the existing bridge on North Valley Road over the Amtrak/SEPTA lines with a new bridge that redirects the road to the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Darby Road. This will allow the parking areas and jitney operations on the north side of the tracks to be combined.

The final phase of the project includes the reconstruction of a new, expanded transportation center that will serve the growing needs of residents, commuters and travelers and support the Paoli business district and future economic growth in the region. The design has yet to be finalized, but the intermodal station complex will include an additional high-level platform on the outbound side, a new waiting area, ticket offices and passenger amenities, enhanced bus facilities, and a commuter parking garage with more than 600 spaces, among other upgrades. Plans also anticipate for retail and commercial storefronts on the proposed parking structure.

Dinniman, who helped secure vital state funding for the project, said that the new Paoli Transportation Center represents one of the most significant economic projects slated for the region in recent memory.

“Paoli and the Great Valley Corporate Center have long served as an economic engine for Chester County, and with construction beginning this summer, the new Paoli Transportation Center will ensure that our economy keeps running strong for years to come,” Dinniman said. “The end will result will be continued economic development and job growth in our region.”

More information on the plans for the new Paoli Transportation Center here.

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