Future of West Chester Metro Rail Service Seems Murky Amid Ongoing Battle

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West Chester’s commuter “Metro” rail service might be making a comeback, but it’s not without a little back and forth, writes Bill Rettew for The Daily Local News.  

The West Chester Borough Railroad Committee said residents who use the rail service could connect to SEPTA trains, which would bring them into Center City.

However, the Heritage Railroad is worried that introducing the commuter rail would curtail tourism. The trains would make stops between West Chester and the new Wawa station. 

SEPTA has leased the rail line to West Chester since 1997, after the commuter rail service ended in 1986. The lease between the track owner’s and West Chester borough is set to expire June 30, as well as the sublease with Heritage Railroad.

There is no allocated funding yet for the commuter service. If approved, the metro trains would be battery-powered and hold up to 194 passengers for every two car shuttles.  

Read more about West Chester’s plan for the Metro service in The Daily Local News.  

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