PennDOT and Amtrak have allocated $3.5 million in funding for the initial design work, surveying, and environmental studies related to the significant upgrades planned for the Parkesburg Train Station.
“This is a big first step for Parkesburg – one that will be central to the ongoing revitalization and redevelopment efforts in the borough’s downtown business district,” said State Senator Andy Dinniman.
The aforementioned funds will be used for surveying, required environmental evaluation, and conceptual plans for the station, which saw nearly 47,000 riders last year.
Once conceptual plans and renderings are completed, they will be presented to borough council and the general public for input and feedback at a public meeting and work session.
“This is your train station, and I am committed to working with PennDOT and Parkesburg Borough Council to ensure that the public is informed of and involved in the process every step of the way, so that the new station meets the needs of Parkesburg area residents, businesses, and commuters,” Dinniman said.
In the meantime, Dinniman also plans to work to utilize the existing funding to address ADA concerns and accessibility issues related to the station in the short term.
Specifically, Dinniman said significant roadway repairs are needed to Maple Street, which approaches the stations, as well as the station parking lot, where the pavement has deteriorated.
SEPTA recently conducted a feasibility study on returning service to Parkesburg, and Dinniman said he would continue to make that a reality.
He also noted that a majority of the design work has been completed on the West Bridge Street crossing in Parkesburg, which has been closed for some time. PennDOT is awaiting approvals from Amtrak and Norfolk Southern to complete and finalize the design.