East Whiteland Train Station Feasibility Study
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
Natasha Manbeck, P.E., AICP
Federal Funded Project
McMahon, leading a multi-disciplinary team, evaluated the technical feasibility of developing a new SEPTA regional rail station along the Amtrak Keystone Corridor and SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line in East Whiteland Township, Chester County.
A new train station is a cornerstone of East Whiteland Township’s vision for revitalizing the Route 30 corridor and the Village of Frazer and expanding transportation options in the area. Funding for the project was provided by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) through the FY2019 Unified Planning Work Program.
The study includes evaluation of viable sites for a new station, development of station concept plans for two selected sites, identification of necessary access and circulation improvements, development of order of magnitude cost estimates, and coordination with the DVRPC and SEPTA regarding potential train service and ridership forecasts.
During the evaluation of potential sites, McMahon considered existing conditions, railroad requirements, station program elements, and potential train service. The conceptual station plans depict high level platforms, cross track circulation, parking, pick-up and drop-off areas, bicycle and pedestrian access, bus and shuttle access, and other station facilities.
As part of the stakeholder and public outreach, McMahon coordinated closely with DVRPC, SEPTA, AMTRAK, PennDOT, Chester County Planning Commission, East Whiteland Township, Immaculata University, and Sisters, Servants of Immaculate Heart of Mary.