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Expand regional rail service

Support the expansion of local regional rail service to our urban and suburban centers and adequate parking at all regional rail stations.


The Paoli/Thorndale line is SEPTA's top performing regional rail service and is relied upon by many Chester County residents for travel to and from Philadelphia. Given population projections and the varied economic, environmental, and social benefits of public transportation, the importance of rail service to the county and its communities is anticipated to increase significantly over time.


The county will continue to coordinate with SEPTA toward the restoration of local regional rail service westward along the Keystone Corridor to the communities of Coatesville and Parkesburg, and expansion of service to Atglen. Restoration of rail service should also be investigated for the communities of Phoenixville, Spring City, and Pottstown within the Schuylkill Valley and to the Borough of West Chester. The Public Transit Enhancements Map depicts desired rail service and facility expansions, as well as the integration with bus service. In conjunction with the expanded service, the county will continue to advocate for the provision of bike and pedestrian facilities and amenities and adequate parking at all existing and future regional rail stations. This expansion will feed the economic vitality of these communities and provide for significant reduction in roadway congestion. Municipalities will play a key role in supporting these efforts.

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Public Transit Enhancements

This map illustrates recommended expanded public transit services in addition to existing facilities and services. The extension of new rail service past Thorndale to Coatesville and to a new Atglen regional rail station is envisioned. A new regional rail station is also being considered between the Exton and Malvern rail stations.

New commuter bus services are envisioned along the Route 100 corridor between Pottstown and Eagle/Exton, and along the US 1 corridor into Delaware County. Also envisioned is the return of commuter rail service to the Schuylkill River Valley communities and the Borough of West Chester. View larger map.