West Chester is planning to follow the path set by King of Prussia as it attempts to restore Regional Rail service to the area, writes Jim Saksa for WHYY.
For the last four years, The Advisory Ad Hoc Committee to Reestablish Rail Service to West Chester has been looking for a way to bring back the service.
Using a recent study by the PennDOT and SEPTA, the committee has found it will cost $380 million for a single-track line, or $644 million for the two tracks required to service the projected 2,000 riders a day.
The feasibility study found this number to be too high to qualify for federal grants, which would pay for 80 percent of the costs.
With the funding requirements now known, the committee is looking for ways to achieve its goal. It believes it has found the answer in nearby King of Prussia, which has commissioned a team of consultants to produce a report on the economic benefits of extending rail service to the area.
Read more about the campaign to restore rail service to West Chester from WHYY here.