Paoli Station takes big step in its $48M renovation

Jim Melwert
September 23, 2019 - 3:36 pm

PAOLI, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A big step in the $48 million renovation of Paoli Station, the second-busiest train station in the region after 30th Street Station, has been completed. 

Up to 78 trains a day go through Paoli Station, including the Paoli-Thorndale Line and Amtrak Keystone Service from Harrisburg to New York City.

But the station was built in the 1950s and it looked it. 

“It was a ramshackle, inaccessible, beaten down," said Tredyffrin Township supervisors chair Murph Wysocki. "You took your life in your hands to climb the steps to get up here.”

Paoli Station in Feb. 2017 when construction was started.
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Wysocki describes the renovated station, now with elevators, improved walkways, and a raised platform that allows passengers to board without climbing steps onto the train, as the station they’ve want and needed in Paoli. 

The project continues as they build a transportation center on a lot adjacent to the station with a parking structure and easier access from the street.

Coatesville Station.
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Chester County state Sen. Andy Dinniman says he welcomes the much-needed improvements in Paoli, but adds stations in Coatesville, Parkesburg, and Downingtown are long overdue for updates to make them ADA compliant.

“In fact, if you ever go to the Coatesville station, it’s not even very accessible for able-bodied people.”