After more than a decade of planning, the start of construction on the new Downingtown Train Station has been set for 2025. Bill Rettew tracked the plans for the Daily Local News.
PennDOT will construct a new station about a quarter-mile south of Lancaster Avenue on Brandywine Avenue/Route 322. It will replace the existing West Lancaster Avenue station located about a half-mile to the west.
The new station will feature platforms, canopies, elevators, stair towers, railroad and pedestrian bridges, and retaining walls, as well as nearly 1,000 parking spaces spread over four lots.
The replacement is needed because the existing station is “out of date and not up to modern standards,” said Downingtown Mayor Phil Dague.
And while it was not feasible to make the current station ADA-accessible, the proposed station will be fully ADA-compliant.
The project is currently in the preliminary engineering stage.
“This is an extensive project that includes utility relocation, Amtrak rail work, and replacement of the bridge over Brandywine Avenue, as well as construction of the station and parking,” said Jan Huzvar, deputy communications director for PennDOT.
Read more about the new Downingtown Train Station in the Daily Local News.