Thursday, February 14, 2013

Darby Road site is SEPTA's pick for Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has designated the Darby Road Extension Alternative as the preferred site for the proposed Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center.

The Darby Road Extension Alternative was one of three options presented at the October 2012 Paoli Transportation Visions Open House where more than 300 residents and community stakeholders provided their opinions on each alternative. After the event, their feedback was compiled and Gannett Fleming presented SEPTA with an alternative analysis report. Both showed the Darby Road Extension Alternative as the best and most favored option. Under this option, the existing North Valley Road Bridge will be demolished and Darby Road will be extended across Lancaster Avenue over the railroad tracks and with a new bridge to be constructed.

"We considered all of the options and opinions presented," Robert Lund, SEPTA assistant general manager of engineering maintenance and construction said. "It was important for us to hear what the community wanted."

Located in Chester County, the Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center will be in the heart of the Paoli Business District. It will feature a fully-accessible regional rail station that will accommodate SEPTA buses, private carrier shuttle buses, taxis, pedestrians and cyclists. Roadway, streetscape and track improvements are also planned to enhance rail service and improve traffic flow in the area.

Paoli Station serves approximately 1,300 passengers each day. The station is located along SEPTA's Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line and Amtrak's Philadelphia/Harrisburg Keystone Corridor.

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