KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — A local group has revitalized a project to expand SEPTA's rail system to include a train from Philadelphia to King of Prussia.
This project proposes an expansion of the existing Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia. The line would stop once at Henderson Road before following the Pennsylvania Turnpike into the King of Prussia Mall. There would be two stops at the mall, another in the KOP business park, and a final stop at the Valley Forge Casino.
"A dedicated transit line into the center of King of Prussia is vital to connecting suburban Philadelphia’s largest employment center and the East Coast’s largest shopping mall to rail," writes the KOP Rail Coalition in an outline of the proposed extension. Advocates also tout a reduction in traffic and pollution and an increase in convenience as reasons for the project.
The KOP Rail Coalition was formed in 2015 but has gained renewed steam with the publication last week of a new draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), according to the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA). The project is headed up by Brandywine Realty CEO Jerry Sweeney.
The draft environmental impact statement is available for public review and comment through Dec. 4. To comment on the project, see here.
While the precise cost of the project has not yet been calculated, officials said that it would be funded with a combination of federal, state, and local money.
Public hearings will be held on Monday, Nov. 13 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Valley Forge in the Jefferson Ballroom. That is located at 301 West DeKalb Pike in King of Prussia. There will also be hearings at the Norristown Municipal Building from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
After the hearings and the conclusion of the public comment period in December, the final impact statement will be put forth and a vote will be held on whether to formally adopt the project.
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