The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) permitting Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to continue design and construction of the 3.5-mile, five-station King of Prussia (Pa.) Rail extension of the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL).
The FEIS evaluates the environmental, transportation, social and economic benefits and impacts of the project, including a Preferred Alternative and No Action Alternative. With Phase 1 of preliminary engineering now complete (15% of the design), Phase 2 work will continue to approximately 30% of the design. SEPTA will also develop a project management plan, financial plan and project delivery schedule—requirements for federal funding. SEPTA is seeking up to 50% from New Starts, FTA’s Capital Investment Grant program. The project is estimated to cost $2.08 billion in 2025 dollars (mid-point of construction); annual operations and maintenance are estimated to cost $10.87 million in 2019 dollars.
SEPTA completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in 2017, and released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to advance engineering work in 2018.
In December, the agency received a $360,000 grant through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning.