If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for Parkesburg’s train station to be upgraded or SEPTA service to return to these parts, you can relax a bit. Parkesburg’s train station upgrade will not happen anytime soon.
That was the news PennDOT official Jenny Granger delivered Friday afternoon at a regional transportation event in Malvern sponsored by Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) focused on upgrading, refurbishing or totally redesigning the county’s five main line train stations west of Paoli.
Even though Parkesburg’s train station’s ridership is more than three times that of Coatesville (55,290 passengers a year versus Coatesville paltry 16,626) and growing at a pace faster than Amtrak stations in Dowingtown, Exton or Paoli, PennDOT announced Parkesburg would remain on the agency’s waiting list even as the state moves forward with plans to invest millions of dollars transforming Paoli’s, Exton’s, Downingtown’s and Coatesville’s Amtrak stations.
PennDOT’s plans include a $26 million dollar station overhaul in Coatesville and larger investments in Downingtown and Exton. The $140 million expenditure over several phases to overhaul Paoli’s Amtrak tops the state agency’s regional rails investment plans.
Granger was emphatic in her statements about Parkesburg remaining a PennDOT’s waiting list. “We haven’t forgotten,” Granger stated. According to Granger, PennDOT understands Parkesburg’s station lacks a passenger shelter or adequate parking but otherwise offered no explanation as to why our train station failed to make the state transportation agency’s list of regional rail priorities.
Read more about PennDot’s plans to upgrade the County’s rail stations on Philly.com here.