SEPTA Has $1.1B to Spend in Fiscal 2023, Including the Norristown High Speed Line
SEPTA has the opportunity to begin fixing regional rail infrastructure and updating trains and new transit cars and trolleys in fiscal 2023, write Thomas Fitzgerald for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 1.1 billion dollar capital budget is the biggest in the transportation agency’s 58- year existence.
SEPTA is looking to buy new vehicles and improve current ones. This agency currently has the oldest transit rail fleet in the nation, says CEO Leslie S. Richards.
The transportation agency is also planning to use $390M on the extension of the Norristown High Speed Line to bring regional rail service to King of Prussia.
Brian McFadden, director of capital budget says SEPTA needs build a large trolley barn to store and maintain the bigger vehicles it plans to buy. “That’s something we have to invest in right away,” McFadden said.
SEPTA is also planning to invest funds in upgrading track signals and communications as well as work on bridges, and provide ADA accessibility at 21 rail transit stations and also 20 Regional Rail stations. This and many other items are in the proposed budget spend for Montgomery County and the surrounding areas that use SEPTA
Find out more about SEPTA’s 1.1B budget in fiscal 2023 in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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