All aboard for the new Coatesville station – Daily Local

COATESVILLE — Work on the $65 million Amtrak station at Fleetwood Street is underway following an official groundbreaking attended by Governor Tom Wolf.

According to a statement released by the 2nd Century Alliance, the new station is being developed to provide ADA accessibility and improve station function and amenities, while supporting the revitalization of the station area.

Construction trailers are now on site.

City manager James Logan said he expects the project to be completed within three and a half years, depending on the availability of supply and weather conditions.

“It will make a huge difference,” Logan said. “It opens up a lot of possibilities for the city.

“It will have a huge effect on the workforce.”

Logan also said SEPTA should restore regional rail service to Coatesville, and commuters on the Route 30 bypass heading to other stations will leave the highway a bit earlier.

An artist’s rendering of the planned new Coatesville station; view from Fleetwood Street.(IMAGE SUBMITTED)

Sonia Huntzinger, managing director of economic development and administrator of 2nd Century Alliance, was part of the team.

“So many people have worked so diligently to bring this project to this point and many more will help bring it over the finish line in a few years,” Huntzinger said. “The positive economic benefits of this project to the city and the western region of the county cannot be overstated.”

The cost includes the design, the station and the construction of the streetscape. The new station will be located to the east of the existing historic station building. The current building has been closed for more than 25 years.

The original site is on a curve in the track that prevents the construction of ADA-accessible platforms and necessitated the change in location of the station.

The new accessible facility along Fleetwood Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues will include:

• Raised platforms (accessible) 530 feet long with awnings and seats;
• Stair towers/elevator;
• An audio/visual sound system and security cameras;
• Bike racks;
• Enlarged parking lot;
• Accommodation for multimodal connections.

The bridge that runs 4th Avenue under the train tracks will be converted to an underpass for pedestrians and a tunnel liner will be installed to eliminate water leaks.

The track improvements include a bypass track that will be built by Amtrak to facilitate the movement of freight trains past the new high-level platforms.

Fleetwood Street will be reconfigured to improve access to the new station and include bus stops and “kiss and ride” areas. The development will include plaza and space for commercial and retail development on the south side of Fleetwood Street, opposite the new station location.

“Community engagement has been the hallmark of this multi-year effort,” reads the 2nd Century Alliance statement. “PennDOT has created a Station Working Group to ensure local participation in the design of the station as well as related streetscape projects for 3rd and 4th Avenues.”

Streetscape work was completed prior to construction of the station to provide safe and accessible pedestrian and cycle connections to the new station location while providing aesthetic, drainage and parking improvements.

Public engagement included presentations to City Council and the use of a 3D model of the proposed station to help convey the design to residents and others interested in the project. Prior to the streetscape projects, community members were offered a tour of recently constructed improvements in a nearby municipality that also aimed to increase walkability and connectivity to a passenger rail station.

The station design was completed in mid-2021.​

The work is being led by PennDOT with support from Chester County, the City of Coatesville and the Coatesville Redevelopment Authority and additional funding from the Federal Transit Administration. Through this partnership, contractor Wickersham hires local workers. Michael Baker is the project manager and is managed by Patrick Gardener.

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