Coatesville anticipates return of SEPTA rail service

COATESVILLE, March 8 – The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority announced plans Thursday to return its regional rail service to Coatesville in the near future, and Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, joins with SEPTA, PennDOT and other local officials in a commitment to ensure the new train station is completed as soon as possible.

SEPTA Service to Coatesville was discontinued in 1996, and population increases in the city and across Chester County have prompted plans to reinvest in this transportation opportunity, Williams and other officials said.

Williams, elected last fall to represent the 74th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, expressed gratitude to SEPTA and Chester County Commissioners for their diligent work on restoring service to Coatesville.

“Residents in our district have been requesting the return of SEPTA service for a long time, and I’m excited for this opportunity,” Williams said. “Our residents deserve it. My deepest appreciation goes out to SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel and all parties whose hard work and determination has helped us reach this point in the process, and I look forward to contributing to helping us reach our ultimate goal of service restoration in Coatesville.”

Williams said he’s partnering with Coatesville City Council, Chester County government, SEPTA and PennDOT to initiate this service as soon as possible and to extend SEPTA service to Parkesburg, the next station on the line and also in the 74th District.

According to published reports, the new proposal would extend SEPTA train services from the current terminal in Thorndale to a new station in Coatesville. That service would begin once construction on a new station is completed by PennDOT, which anticipates the station project would be completed within three years of the start of construction.

County commissioners have also pledged $1 million in community revitalization funding for the city to help “kick-start the parking garage project” as part of the train station construction.