Officials break ground on new Coatesville train station - PhillyVoice
BY PAT RALPH
Construction is expected to officially begin later this year, with the project's completion slated for 2025.
The long-planned effort to build a new train station in Coatesville took another step forward Friday when federal, state and local officials broke ground on a project that will seek to revitalize the Chester County city.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called the project's groundbreaking "a significant milestone" in helping develop a modern accessible train station in Coatesville and improve connections to Amtrak's Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
"The project will improve equity, accessibility and reliability in transportation and that’s exactly what Coatesville needs to continue growing and thriving," Wolf said.
The new Coatesville train station will improve ADA accessibility and provide level boarding platforms, elevators, ramps, site lighting and security cameras, improved drainage and surface parking for local and regional commuters, officials said. Station platforms will include canopies and seating, as well an audio-visual public address system.
Track improvements will include a bypass track to be constructed by Amtrak in order to facilitate train traffic past the station's high-level platforms.
The new station will be located on Fleetwood Street between Third and Fourth avenues, just east of the existing historic station building at Third Avenue and Fleetwood Street. The current station house has been closed for 25 years and does not meet ADA accessibility requirements.
A 175,000-square-foot multimodal parking facility at Fourth Avenue and Fleetwood Street will accompany the new station. The facility is expected to include bus transportation integration, covered waiting shelters, bicycle racks and nearly 500 parking spaces to support SEPTA, Amtrak and Link and Kraft Bus transportation services.