The proposed King of Prussia Rail line, a spur from Norristown into the shopping mecca, still hinges on funding. A feasibility study is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Two years from now, the multimillion-dollar public transit system that crisscrosses Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties will look a lot different, writes Alison Burdo for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
By the end of 2019, SEPTA will roll out its first route under the Direct Bus brand (a first step towards possible bus rapid transit); integrate double decker rail cars into multiple Regional Rail lines; complete signal replacement across its entire rail network with the “resignaling” of the Sharon Hill and Ridge Spur lines; make inroads on its $2 billion vehicle replacement backlog; and expand its electronic card payment system, the Key Fare Program.
Add on the research SEPTA is commencing in the near future – studying the logistics of running subway trains with eight, instead of six, cars; determining if trolley cars with the accordion-style pivot point are practical; and figuring out how to bring positive train control to its Norristown High Speed Line – and passengers could see even more changes.
But does the nation’s sixth-largest transit agency, which hasn’t been profitable in decades, have the money to do the work? Yes… and no.
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