King of Prussia Rail Coalition Continues to Champion City to Suburb Link
As SEPTA continues to advance the extension of the Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia, a group of regional business, civic and academic leaders are working behind the scenes to champion the project known as King of Prussia Rail (KOP Rail).
Formed in October 2017 as SEPTA and the Federal Transit Administration released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for KOP Rail, the King of Prussia Rail Coalition believes that connecting the three largest employment centers in the Philadelphia region – Center City,
University City and King of Prussia – will serve as a catalyst for economic development for the entire region. The King of Prussia Rail Coalition is led by an Advisory Committee, chaired by Jerry Sweeney, President and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust. Joining Sweeney on the Advisory Committee are Michael G. Anastasio, President, Bala Consulting Engineers, Inc.; Matt Bayley, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Mike Bowman, President & CEO, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board; Thomas A. Caramanico, Former President, McCormick Taylor, Inc.; Bernie Dagenais, President, Main Line Chamber of Commerce; Rev. Peter M. Donohue, President, Villanova University; Pat Eiding, President, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO; John Fry, President, Drexel University; Gerry Johnson Geckle, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Universal Health Services; William H. Glazer, CEO, Keystone Property Group; Eric Goldstein, Executive Director, King of Prussia District; Bob Hart, General Manager, King of Prussia Mall; Rob Henry, Executive Director, GVF; Ira Lubert, President, Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds; Kevin Mahoney, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System; Suzanne Ryan, Board Member, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; and Rob Wonderling, President & CEO, The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.
Since its founding, the Coalition has focused on educating the public on the immediate and lasting opportunities that this transformational project will bring to the region. Their efforts include the launch of a website, koprailcoalition.com, social media presence and an advertising campaign. Additionally, the Coalition’s free webinar series, KOP Rail: Smart Strategies for Connected Communities, features industry experts exploring the many anticipated benefits of this project as well as highlighting case studies from around the country, including Tysons, VA and Silicon Valley.
To learn more about the King of Prussia Rail Coalition, visit koprailcoalition.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.