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Thursday, November 19, 2009

SEPTA stimulus construction to begin on Elwyn Station expansion project

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On Nov. 16, SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey joined Pennsylvania State Senator Dominic Pileggi, State Representative Thomas Killion, along with local government and community leaders to announce the start of a SEPTA Regional Rail parking expansion project in Delaware County. In an effort to address rider demand, SEPTA in partnership with the Elwyn Institute, will expand the parking facilities for commuters who use Elwyn (R3) Regional Rail Station.

"Expanding parking at Elwyn Station will not only help safely accommodate our park-and-ride customers, it will also alleviate parking congestion along Elwyn Road in the area ," Casey remarked, adding that further parking relief at the station will be seen as SEPTA moves towards extending service to Wawa.

The current parking lot has a capacity of 233 vehicles. Space for approximately 90 additional vehicles will be available in the lot adjacent to the station increasing the number of parking spaces to over 300. This includes spaces that will provide more convenient access for disabled riders in compliance with American Disability Act guidelines. The project is being made possible by federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The project, which consists of concrete work, grading, signage, electrical, and paving, will create approximately 30 jobs for area workers from Ambler, Media, Chester, Philadelphia, and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

The nearly $900,000 ARRA project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2010 and is one of several federally funded SEPTA projects slated for completion in Delaware County.

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