Proponents of the reestablishment of a commuter rail line between Philadelphia and West Chester were dealt a blow during a June meeting with the borough and SEPTA officials. The transit authority said at that time that its infrastructure repair backlog would most likely eclipse any potential restoration of rail service.
But more recent indications may be a cause for optimism, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.
SEPTA rekindled hope for the rail service last month when its officials re-met with volunteers. While the West Chester rail service is not part of SEPTA’s current Capital Program, its planning department is currently working on a Regional Rail master plan. As part of that effort, it is reviewing all service requests, including those for West Chester.
SEPTA prepares its capital programs 12 years in advance and updates them regularly. And while service to West Chester is not included in those plans at the moment, it could be reevaluated and added at any time.
Currently, SEPTA owns the existing right-of-way that is being used by a heritage tourist railroad on weekends.
“SEPTA will continue to keep an open line of communication with the group of volunteers,” said the transit agency.
Read more about the future of West Chester rail service in the Daily Local News.