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Posted on: August 6, 2018

West Chester Line Restoration - Feasibility Study


Executive Summary

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates regional rail service
between Center City Philadelphia and Elwyn on the Media / Elwyn Line. Service on  the  line
formerly  operated  to West  Chester  until  1986.  Currently,  SEPTA  is  in  the process  of  
restoring  service  to  a  new Wawa  Station.  In  response  to  interest  by  both Chester  County
 and  the  Borough  of  West  Chester,  the  Pennsylvania  Department  of Transportation Bureau of
Public Transportation, in cooperation with SEPTA, has studied the feasibility of restoring regional
rail service between Wawa and West Chester.
Study Purpose and Needs

Study Purpose and Needs

The purpose of the West Chester Line Restoration Feasibility Study is to evaluate the potential
demand and the engineering, environmental, and socioeconomic implications of restoring a
cost-effective rail service between Wawa and West Chester Borough. The study area needs, or
deficiencies, which prompted the study of rail service restoration include the following:

•    Limited transit options in the study area
•    Community interest in service restoration

•    Regional connectivity
•    Under-utilized right of way

Project Goals and Objectives

The following goals and objectives provide measures by which the various alternatives for restoring
rail service have been evaluated against each other and the overall service
restoration concept can be evaluated for continued investigation.

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