Paoli Train Station


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 anticipated to begin in the Summer of FY2016. Initial work throughout the summer and fall will focus on preliminary site preparation and electrical work.

Accesibility Improvements labeled

Paoli improvements (facing SE - top)

Paoli improvements (facing SE)

Paoli improvements (facing E)

Phase II:

Darby Road Bridge and Realignment - This second phase, which will follow on the heels of the Accessibility Improvements, will look to replace the existing bridge on North Valley Road over the Amtrak/SEPTA lines with a new bridge that redirects the road to the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Darby Road. This will allow the parking areas and jitney operations on the north side of the tracks to be combined (see below). Once the design of the Phase I improvements is approved (by various agencies), design work will begin on the bridge project, as it must accommodate the design new station amenities. Funding for the bridge has been identified on the regional Transportation Improvements Program (TIP) with construction anticipated to begin in FY2019. For funding information, visit PennDOT, with assistance from their team of consultants lead by Michael Baker International (engineers), are currently in the process of identifying and designing various alternatives for the bridge and intersection projects.

On March 6, 2017, PennDOT will have staff available to discuss and answer questions regarding the roadway improvement alternatives currently under evaluation around the Paoli Train Station. Plans of the project will also be on display for viewing. The event will take place from 6pm to 9pm at the Tredyffrin Township Building. Michael Baker International has prepared a Conceptual Alternatives Analysis for the Paoli Transportation Highway Improvement, which can be viewed by clicking here. Comment forms can also be submitted to Michael Baker International before the Open Plans Display on March 6, 2017.

Bridge Improvements labeled

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.

Intermodal Station and Garage Improvements labeled

Phase 3 (option 1) clipz

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