SEPTA’s high speed line for King of Prussia moves on to the next stop

An artist's rendition of the $1.1 billion high-speed rail link between Norristown and King of Prussia. Due to its pandemic-related losses, SEPTA is expected to stop $250M worth of capital projects, including extending Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia.

It’s not quite one-stop shopping in King of Prussia, but it could take a step in that direction. SEPTA has issued a request for proposals for the $1 billion of work that will go into the King of Prussia Rail extension of the High Speed Line in Norristown.

The extension aims to link the region’s three largest employment centers, which are King of Prussia, Center City and University City, as well as ease some of the congestion on roads throughout Upper Merion and nearby communities.  SEPTA said it is seeking with the RFP detailed preliminary design work, including surveying, utility and geotechnical investigations for the project. This work will complete 15 percent of the total design of the proposed rail project., writes Natalie Kostelni in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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The extension should ease some of the heavy congestion that clogs up the Upper Merion area, including Norristown, during peak travel times.

As part of the 268-page RFP, SEPTA included an option for respondents to provide contract documents, including technical specifications, drawings, and other details that would complete 30 percent of the design. Planning for the project began in 2012 and it has met several significant milestones including the selection of a preferred route and the approval of a draft environmental impact report. A final environmental report is expected in 2019. Not long after that, construction could commence and the rail line is project to begin service by 2023.

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