The blur of Amtrak trains speeding through Parkesburg and across Chester County is only getting faster, but commuters to the city are about to do a double take when they arrive at five soon-to-be brand new or vastly improved stations at Paoli, Exton, Downingtown, Coatesville and Parkesburg.
“Our train stations are the front doors to our communities,” state Sen. Andy Dinniman announced. “You only get one chance to make a first impression, and we want to get it right.”
Passenger trains are poised to accelerate 15 mph faster through the county, topping out at 125 mph, and community members are helping shape their unique “front door,” each of which is in various stages of development but will be constructed soon, sparking a wave of revitalization and economic opportunities.
“These station projects plus the rail improvements currently under way are giving Chester County a public transportation system worthy of the 21st century,” Dinniman said in the article.
About the long-delayed Parkesburg Amtrak station, Dinniman had this to say,
Officials on Wednesday said they would like to meet with Parkesburg officials this fall to revisit and confirm the train-station improvements they discussed with officials several years ago and then begin actual design work. The borough has decided that it wants to keep its train station where it is but with renovations such as indoor waiting rooms and restrooms; a 500-foot high-level platform with lighted canopy; improved accessibility to the westbound platform; expanded parking; improved pedestrian and vehicular access; and strengthened connections to the central business district.
Read more about the specific plans for train stations in Paoli, Exton, Downingtown, and Coatesville on Sen. Andy Dinniman’s website here.