After nearly a decade of discussions and planning, the Coatesville train station redevelopment is off and running, full steam ahead. This fall, the revitalization project broke ground and construction mobilization began in January 2022 and will go through the spring 2025.
In 2013, PennDOT, Chester County, the City of Coatesville, and the Coatesville Redevelopment Authority (RDA) made the push to move the landmark redevelopment project forward. Located almost halfway between Philadelphia and Harrisburg on what is known as the “Keystone Line,” the new station is being developed to provide ADA accessibility and improve station function and amenities while supporting station-area revitalization.
Through the years, the station has only accommodated Amtrak traffic, it did not serve SEPTA riders. This new design and revitalization push will allow it to serve both riderships. The new station will provide ADA accessibility and improve user experience. Other station improvements include a new surface parking lot, which will ultimately house a new multilevel parking garage once funds are available. Additionally, once completed, 4th Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic and will be available to only pedestrians to provide safer access to the north and south side platforms. Ultimately, this new station will help revive the surrounding community and spark economic development of both commercial and residential developments.
The RDA awarded the team assembled of Pennoni; architect, Bernardon; and Wilmington-based building services company, EdiS as well as other teaming partners including Schnabel Engineering, SAS Geospatial and Gannett Fleming. The team has worked for several years with many of the project stakeholders including PennDOT, RDA and city council to move the project forward. Pennoni has provided services including site design, station and streetscape construction, geotechnical, construction administration services, MEP design, Amtrak support and Amtrak trackwork, which will result in a new station on Fleetwood Street just east of the existing historic station building.
For more information on this redevelopment project, contact Michael Kissinger.