SEPTA generates $2.93 billion a year in economic activity throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, including $174 million in Chester County, and adds value to homes in close proximity to rail stations on the Downingtown-to-Philadelphia R5 line, writes Michael Rellahan for the Daily Local News.
“Our region is a powerhouse and an economic engine for the state,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel at a recent Chester County Commissioners’ work session about the economic impact that SEPTA mass transit has on the fortunes of the county and region.
“We are very, very strong and very, very vital, not only for our own region but across the state,” Knueppel said.
SEPTA plays a large role in driving the economy through its mass transportation system that includes regional rail and bus service in the county.
Chester County appoints two members to SEPTA’s Board of Directors and contributes more than $1 million annually to its budget. In 2017, that figure was $1,813,079. In 2018, the total was $2,248,000.
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