King of Prussia, PA (December 2, 2020) --SEPTA presented the Refined Route design for the proposed King of Prussia Rail (KOP Rail) Project via public webinar last night. The Refined Route is the improved design of the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) identified in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, and is an integral step towards completing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and commencement of engineering for 30% design.
KOP Rail is a proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) that will promote and strengthen growth across the Greater Philadelphia region by providing fast and reliable rail service between the region’s three largest employment centers—Center City, University City and King of Prussia.
The design work, performed by HNTB, Inc. was funded from an existing federal grant. This work refines the project design and addresses a range of issues including rail alignment, station locations, property and environmental impacts, maintenance and rail operations. The design refinements are a result of public input, comments at the public hearings, coordination with affected property owners and engineering criteria, as well as existing land use and future opportunities.
“It’s exciting to see such a transformative transportation project advance,” said Jerry Sweeney, President and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, and Chairman of the KOP Rail Coalition Advisory Committee. “King of Prussia Rail is essential to support evolving needs and is a smart investment.”
The NHSL currently provides service between SEPTA’s 69th Street and Norristown Transportation Centers, serving the Main Line area in Delaware and Montgomery counties, and connecting to Center City Philadelphia.
About The King of Prussia Rail Coalition:
The King of Prussia Rail Coalition (Coalition) seeks to garner regional support for the proposed extension of the existing Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia. The Coalition is represented by a diverse group from throughout the Philadelphia region and includes commercial property owners, elected officials, residents, employees, visitors, economic development and job growth agencies, chambers of commerce and more.