WEST CHESTER (November 6) – Construction is underway on the first phase of a project that will transform and significantly improve the Exton Train Station, state Senator Andy Dinniman said this week.

“There is no doubt that the Exton Train Station is in need of more parking and that is one of the reasons why an expanded parking lot is the first job to get started,” Dinniman said. “It is great to see work begin on this project, and I look forward to the completion of a station with an actual ticket office, an enclosed and heated building, and accessibility improvements for those with disabilities in addition to other upgrades.”

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Senator Dinniman at the construction site of the parking lot expansion at the Exton Train Station.

The project will include the construction of a heated station building on the inbound (eastbound) side with a ticket office, waiting area and restrooms. In addition, the project calls for new, raised platforms making the train accessible for those with disabilities, as well as new and improved sidewalks, ramps, bike racks, a new waiting canopy and glass shelter on the outbound (westbound) side, reconfigured parking and a lot expansion that will provide spaces for about 40 more cars.

The $15.5 million project is a partnership between SEPTA and Amtrak. It is estimated for completion in the summer of 2018.

“The Exton Train Station is one of the busiest on the Main Line and ridership is increasing at a rapid pace,” Dinniman said. “These vital upgrades will help ensure that it remains a strong public transportation artery for so many employees, commuters and businesses in our growing region.”

He also noted that construction on the Exton Station was accelerated in part due to a federal judge’s ruling on an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit.

In addition, Dinniman said he is working with SEPTA and West Whiteland Township officials to develop the station into a true transportation hub with regional bus service, and pedestrian walkways connecting it to nearby commercial centers like Main Street at Exton. Another important goal is to restore Sunday SEPTA service, which currently ends at Malvern, to the Exton Station, he said.

Construction work at the Exton Train Station will be completed in six phases over two and a half years so that regular operations are not affected. Boarding locations will shift after each phase, and customers will be notified of changes via signage. In addition, while construction is underway at Exton, additional overflow parking spots are available at the nearby Whitford Train Station.

Exton Station is the first of five rail stations in Chester County that will experience major improvements going forward. In addition, Dinniman and transportation officials are working to implement major improvements slated for the Paoli, Downingtown, Coatesville and Parkesburg train stations.

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