SEPTA to bring back regional rail service to Coatesville

Jim Melwert
March 07, 2019 - 4:53 pm
SEPTA officials announce they’re bringing regional rail service back to Coatesville after they stopped service to Coatesville in 1996, ending the line at Thorndale station.

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COATESVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA officials announce they're bringing regional rail service back to Coatesville after they stopped service in 1996, ending the line at Thorndale station.

“An average of $10,300 per home from people’s willingness to pay more to live near SEPTA stations near the Paoli/Thorndale line, gonna have to change that name," said SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel. 

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County commissioner Terrence Farrell announced $1 million to kick-start the parking garage. As he points out, Coatesville has Amtrak service to New York and is classified as an opportunity zone. 

“An opportunity zone is a state designation, it encourages investors to come in because it decreases taxes for a number of years," Farrell said. 

The new station and parking garage is primarily a PennDOT project, but Knueppel says he hopes to see SEPTA service back in Coatesville within a few years.

There is a current court battle over whether or not money generated by the Turnpike can be used on public transit. Knueppel says that could affect this, but he remains optimistic.