Paoli Train Station

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Paoli Train Station Accessibility Improvements (sketch)

Project Overview:

Planning and design are underway for a new “Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center” to be constructed at the site of the existing station at 13 N. Valley Road (corner of Lancaster Avenue and North Valley Road). Due to the scale of the project, it has been broken into 3 distinct phases (3 major projects). The project involves coordination between various entities including: SEPTA, Amtrak, PennDOT, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Chester County, and Tredyffrin Township – as well as numerous public & private stakeholders. A Project Team, comprised of representatives from the various stakeholders, meets regularly to provide status updates and advance project coordination.

Phase I:

Station Accessibility Improvements - This project has been initiated in order to bring the station into compliance with 2006 Department of Transportation (DOT) Accessibility standards and the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project (shown above and below) will include a new center high level platform, elevators, and ramps; a pedestrian overpass; parking lot improvements; ADA improvements to the existing station building; and improvements to the existing rail infrastructure. Once complete, this project will bring the Station into full ADA compliance, making it accessible for all users and setting the stage for future phases.

Construction is currently underway... Initial site work throughout the summer and fall of CY2017 will focus on preliminary site preparation, parking expansion (no net loss of spaces) and electrical work. Please monitor the News section of the Township website and social media for more information.

Update: With the completion of the expanded Northwest Parking Lot (across Valley Road from the Station), and in anticipation of future work in the Northeast lot, all outbound jitney operations will be relocated to the Northwest lot beginning July 31, 2017. Additional permit parking and daily commuter spaces have also been created in the Northwest in order prevent any loss in parking over the course of the project. 

Accesibility Improvements labeled

(conceptual drawing of Phase I)

Paoli improvements (facing SE)

Paoli improvements (facing E)

SSA Paoli Station Renderings (6)

SSA Paoli Station Renderings (2)

Paoli improvements (facing W - aerial)

Phase II:

"Paoli Transportation Center Highway Improvements Project" - This second phase will follow on the heels of the Accessibility Improvements (Phase I). The project will replace the existing bridge on N. Valley Road - which crosses over the Amtrak/SEPTA rail lines - with a new bridge that redirects the roadway to the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Darby Road. During this Phase, PennDOT will also design and construct intersection improvements at N. Valley Road and Central Avenue. Phase II will allow the parking areas and jitney operations on the north side of the tracks to be combined (see below) and create . Funding for Phase II has been identified on the regional Transportation Improvements Program (TIP) with construction anticipated to begin in FY2019. For funding information, visit PennDOT and their team of consultants, lead by Michael Baker International, are currently in the process of identifying and designing various alternatives for the bridge and intersection projects.

Bridge Improvements labeled

(conceptual drawing of Phase II)

On March 6, 2017, PennDOT held an Open Plans Display at the Tredyffrin Township Building - Staff and Consultants were available to discuss the project and answer questions regarding the roadway improvement alternatives currently under evaluation around the Paoli Train Station. Plans for the project were also on display for viewing and the event was well attended, particularly by members of the surrounding neighborhoods. Currently there are 5 distinct concepts (Alternatives A - E) being evaluated:

PennDOT is currently in the process of refining these concepts and selecting a preferred alternative. Preliminary engineering and preliminary right-of way-acquisition planning will proceed throughout CY2017 and into CY2018.

Update: In September 2017, PennDOT selected a Preferred Alternative, which most closely resembles Alternative C (above):

Phase III:

Intermodal Station and Parking Garage - This final phase features a new, expanded transportation center “envisioned to serve the growing needs of the traveling public, and support the Paoli business district and future economic growth in the area.” The intermodal station complex will include an additional high‐level platform on the outbound side; a new waiting area, ticket offices, and passenger amenities; enhanced bus facilities; and a 600+ space commuter parking garage. Plans also anticipate retail storefronts on the proposed parking structure. Below is a (draft) rendering of the Intermodal Station and Parking Garage. The actual design is yet to be determined and could vary from the concept shown below.

Intermodal Station and Garage Improvements labeled

(conceptual drawing of Phase III)

Phase 3 (option 1) clipz

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