COATESVILLE, PA — As the September 16th due date quickly approaches for contract bids to build the new Coatesville Train Station, the City is poised to mark another milestone for one of its most anticipated projects.
According to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) news advisory, the selected contractor will build the project that will improve connections to the Keystone Corridor and greatly enhance ADA accessibility with level boarding platforms, elevators, ramps, site lighting and security. PennDOT intends to begin construction as early as late 2021 with completion anticipated in 2025. The project is financed from the Federal Transit Administration and state transportation funds.
To view the PennDOT bid package, visit http://www.ecms.penndot.gov/ECMS/.
“This is another major step forward for the new Coatesville Train Station and Coatesville’s ongoing revitalization,” says State Senator Carolyn Comitta. “And it is the product of extensive collaboration among multiple community and economic development partners. I thank PennDOT, the Coatesville Redevelopment Authority (RDA), the City of Coatesville, and all the individuals and organizations who continue to work to make this project a reality. I look forward to seeing ground broken on the new train station soon.”
“The new train station is a critical piece of the City’s economic development efforts and multi-modal transportation plan. The increased frequencies to the station will provide much-needed access for daily commuters, residents and visitors,” says James Logan, Coatesville City Manager. “We appreciate the commitment and collaboration among PennDOT, Amtrak, City and Chester County officials, members of the Coatesville Redevelopment Authority and Coatesville’s development team.”
The new station will be situated on Fourth Avenue, off of Fleetwood, and will include a pedestrian walkway that connects to the eastbound and westbound platforms. Simultaneously, the City is raising capital for an $11-million, two-story commuter parking lot project with space for 320 vehicles, just two short blocks from the downtown business district.
Speaking on behalf of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “It is exciting to be moving even closer to bringing the long-anticipated train station and commuter parking lot to Coatesville, and we are happy to be a contributing partner. A restored regional rail service will go a long way in restoring Coatesville’s strength, boosting economic opportunities within the city, and, importantly, for the people of the city.”
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