SEPTA shared upcoming construction plans to extend the Norristown High Speed Line that will promote regional growth through increased connectivity. Recently, SEPTA awarded HNTB, an infrastructure solutions firm, a preliminary design contract to extend rail service into King of Prussia.
Construction on the extension will begin by 2020, including five stops along this King of Prussia route expected to be fully operational by 2023.
“SEPTA has to look at ways to increase capacity and expand the system to meet current demand and support future growth,” said Pasquale T. Deon, Sr., SEPTA board chairman. “The King of Prussia project represents the type of investment that can transform mobility, figuratively and literally forming the backbone of an already thriving community.”
This 4.4 mile extension of the Norristown High Speed Line is expected to reduce travel time from Center City to King of Prussia by 30 minutes, alleviate traffic in the area, increase property values, and connect the region’s three largest areas of employment —Center City, University City, and King of Prussia.
SEPTA issued the RFP to extend the rail line back in July 2018. This could be a sign of how quickly this project is moving and how close SEPTA is to connecting our regions three largest job centers.