PennDOT is currently accepting bids from contractors on the new Coatesville Train Station, with construction slated to begin later this year.
“We and the Coatesville community have worked hard on this project, and we are excited that it’s moving forward,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “This is a huge opportunity to partner not just on the station, but also potentially spur other development in the region.”
The selected contractor will build the project aimed at revitalizing the surrounding community with a modern accessible train station and improve connections to the Keystone Corridor. The new station will improve ADA accessibility and provide level boarding platforms, elevators, ramps, site lighting and security, improved drainage, and surface parking for local and regional commuters.
Additionally, the project will enhance multimodal connectivity and ensure that freight movements through the new station area are maintained.
“Members of City Council, residents, and community stakeholders have anticipated news of this much-needed transportation structure, and now it’s finally here,” said Coatesville City Manager James Logan. “The new train station is a critical piece of the city’s ‘re-imagine Coatesville’ focus and collective economic revitalization efforts. Coatesville residents, including our youth with transportation challenges, will soon have access to other regional areas, and daily commuters can cut their drive time significantly with a nearby regional station.”
Prior to project design, PennDOT led multiple planning efforts with the Coatesville community to identify strategies that would revitalize the area surrounding the proposed train station. Streetscape projects on Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue completed in 2019 and 2020 improved access from Coatesville’s downtown area to the proposed new train station location.
“This bid announcement is a great step in the effort to bring the much-needed train station to Coatesville, and it is welcomed by everyone who cares about the city’s future,” said Chester County Commissioner Marian Moskowitz. “Each train coming into the new station will bring with it opportunities for development and business growth, and each train leaving the new station will give access to regional jobs and greater economic opportunities for those living in Coatesville. The county is pleased to be a partner in this revitalization, including funding support for the parking garage connected with the station.”
PennDOT aims to begin construction in late fall with completion anticipated for 2025. The project is financed from the Federal Transit Administration and state transportation funds.
Watch Mike Kissinger, Vice President of Land Development for Pennoni speak about the development of the Coatesville Train Station in April 2019.