Posts Tagged ‘SEPTA Norristown Line’

SEPTA Seeks Comment on Trolley Stations

September 24, 2022

The Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has released design concepts it will implement in creating new trolley stations and modernizing existing trolley stations.

In a news release, SEPTA said the stations will receive level boarding platforms and new signs to make it easier to navigate the trolley system.

Most existing trolley stations are little more than signs along a sidewalk.

As part of the project SEPTA is soliciting public comment through an online survey on such things as the design, colors and lighting for the stations,

Public comment also will be solicited through pop-up and virtual community events.

In an related development, the SEPTA governing board has approved plans to advance major initiatives of the SEPTA Forward plan.

That includes funding for modernization of the trolley system and extending the Norristown High Speed Line by four miles to Kind of Prussia.

The latter has been described by SEPTA as providing a “one-seat” ride from any station along the NHSL, including 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby and Norristown Transportation Center.

The next phase of the King of Prussia extension is land acquisition. The SEPTA board authorized the agency’s staff to begin appraising the properties, determining fair market value, making offers, and reaching an agreement with owners.

Related to that, the SEPTA board approved acquiring 13 acres in southwest Philadelphia for the trolley modernization program.

That property will be used to create a shop that can accommodate the anticipated future fleet of articulated, ADA-accessible trolleys.

SEPTA officials said the property has an existing structure that can be adapted to its use as well as additional land area to support a planned yard and employee parking.

SEPTA’s existing trolley tracks are immediately adjacent to the roadside of the property.

SEPTA Seeks Proposals for Rail Line Design

May 13, 2022

Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has issued a request for proposals for the final design phase of its King of Prussia rail project.

SEPTA has budgeted $390 million for the project in its proposed fiscal year 2023 capital budget and 12-year program. The agency’s governing board will vote on the budget proposal in June.

The agency said that the design work is part of requirements that must be met to seek federal funding.

The project would extend the Norristown high-speed rail line four miles into King of Prussia.

In a news release SEPTA said the extension once completed will connect Center City Philadelphia, University City and King of Prussia, the three largest employment hubs in the region.

Study Supports SEPTA Line Extension

January 18, 2021

The final environmental impact statement for a proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority has identified a preferred route.

The Federal Transit Administration document described the 3.4-mile extension to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, as likely to generate an average of 6,755 weekday riders by 2040 of which 4,556 would be new users.

The double-track line is estimated to cost $2.08 billion to build and have annual operation and maintenance costs of $10.87 million.

Planning for the project began in 2012. The Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision concluded the need for the project stems from current conditions of long travel times, delays due to roadway congestion and transfers that lead to two-or-more-seat trips.

The report also said some destinations targeted by the project are currently underserved or lack public transportation.