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Big Step for Paoli Transportation Center

It's a big step forward, although commuters won't see any construction crews for years.

It's been talked about for at least twenty years and Monday morning politicans were out in force to announce a big (but largely invisible to the public) step forward in building a new Paoli Transportation Center.

Tredyffrin, Willistown, County and State politicians held a 7:30 a.m. news conference Monday to announce that the planning stage of the project is getting underway.

The proposed new train station and parking garages would be built on the north side of the Amtrak-owned rail line that also services SEPTA's Paoli-Thorndale line. The announcement essentially announced that survey work is about to begin around the current Paoli Train Station and on the proposed site, in the lot that sits across the tracks from

The project is not a simple one and it involves numerous levels and layers of government bureacracy from Tredyffrin and Willistown townships to Chester County to the Pennsylvania State and up to the Federal Governments.

So, when will there be a new train station?

The first phase will be to do the survey work. That then leads to design, approval of plans and finally construction.  Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman John "J.D." DiBuonaventuro says it's impossible to say exactly how long it will be before there is a groundbreaking on the propossed new station and parking garages.

The buildings themselves will be designed and built by SEPTA. Tredyffrin Township is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure and roads in and around the new station site.

Amtrak must also do extensive work on the actual rails, including moving an interlock system which allows trains to switch tracks. Amtrak also plans to replace the electrical wire towers along the Main Line from the Philadelphia Zoo area to west of Paoli.

Planning phase includes getting your opinions

Tredyffrin Township also plans to hold public hearings on the proposal for a new Paoli Transportation Center starting this fall. According to a news releas:

A public outreach program will begin later this summer when the website Paoli On The Move will be launched. The website will include information about all of the components underway in Paoli. Initial community meetings are slated for Fall 2012 to obtain input and feedback on the project from local residents, businesses and commuters.

Anyone interested in getting on a township mailing list to get information about hearings and updates on the project should send contact information to tredyffrin@tredyffrin.org.

Click on the pdf attached to this article to read the full press release from Tredyffrin Township.

~ June 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
NO....there is NOT ENOUGH 55+ places in the area for SENIORS TO AFFORD! Unless you had a home to sell, how can someone afford places like Paoli Pointe, Sunrise, etc? There is only ONE place and that's Trinity House, and there is a 3 yr waiting list...we need more places like this!!
guest12 June 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Willistown appears to have a odd dress code for its officials at professional business meetings
Rick McSally June 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM
There needs to be an effort to have some sort of municipal parking. Otherwise the Rt 30, N. Valley intersection will be a perpetual turnstile of failed business
Joseph Torello June 30, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Why can't we build a town center like mainstreet at exton???? This would bring businesses and increased revenue to paoli!! Do it right like exton did!!!!
prince warner February 26, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Paoli is riddled with radon and p.c.b and other hazardous waste spills from underground and above tanks,Environmentally it is better as a shopping district no human should really want to live on top of or surrounded by such carcinogens. Just because it is the main line people loose sight they are paying a high price for poison. Check homefacts.com and find out for yourself. We should be working to clean up the area first . Become the healthiest place to live on the main line should be the goal. Thanks

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