SEPTA releases impact statement for King of Prussia rail extension, seeks public input - Penn Live

The proposed Norristown High Speed Line extension to King of Prussia has taken another step to becoming a reality.

Philadelphia Business Journal reports Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in conjunction with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The 689-page report took a year and a half to create, and lays out the extension's proposed path.

The report also narrows down the previous set of five alternatives for building the $1 billion to $1.2 billion extension to just one preferred route, according to the report.

That route will branch out from the Norristown High Speed Line between the Hughes Park and Dekalb St. stations to follow a PECO service line. It will then follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike until the King of Prussia Mall, from where it would turn north along an industrial track and then follow 1st Avenue until the Valley Forge Casino Resort.

Philadelphia Business Journal reports SEPTA altered the route in response to community feedback, as previous iterations of the route would have required the partial taking of four residents' backyards.

Main Line reports Montgomery County Commissioners saw the EIS at their meeting Thursday.

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