New Pitch in Plan to Reestablish Rail Service from West Chester to Philadelphia Would Dramatically Lower Cost

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The Committee to Reestablish Rail Service to West Chester received an informal go-ahead from Borough Council to continue working on a plan to reestablish commuter rail service between Philadelphia and West Chester, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News

SEPTA commuter rail service in West Chester stopped in the 1980s due to low ridership. The committee and some residents have been working to reestablish that service to Wawa, along with Philadelphia connections. 

The plan for West Chester Metro was presented to the council during a work session meeting earlier this week by Tom Hickey. The original price of the project was $379.8 million, and a SEPTA official had estimated it at more than $500 million. However, Hickey pitched the use of shuttle trains that run on batteries that only require an initial capital expense of $16.4 million. 

These trains are environmentally friendly and ADA compliant. They charge quickly and have zero emissions. Furthermore, they have room for bikes, luggage, and strollers. 

According to the plan, trains could travel between West Chester and Wawa 38 times each week using the existing SEPTA right of way. 

Read more about the plan to reestablish commuter rail service between Philadelphia and West Chester in the Daily Local News.

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