Tracking Reactions: KoP Rail Cancellation Seen as Disappointment

Kop Rail route
Image via KoP Rail.
The proposed route of the KoP Rail connector between Norristown and King of Prussia, now on hold.

In the aftermath of the state’s KoP Rail decision, Montgomery County leaders shared their responses, which Rachel Ravina gathered for the Main Line Media News.

Montgomery County Board of Commissioners chair Ken Lawrence said, “It’s disappointing that the KOP Rail project has been paused. It’s been a transformative project for the region.”

Crandall Jones, Norristown Municipal Administrator, concurs.

“[I]t really was important for us that residents have an opportunity to get more access to their jobs — and to King of Prussia, and beyond ultimately — and so it was a project that the council had supported from the very beginning.”

King of Prussia District President and CEO Eric Goldstein observed, “[T]he momentum of the project seemed to be pretty strong and then a rather abrupt end.”

Regardless, he and his organization will continue to champion access to one of the county’s densest retail-residential hubs.

“[W]e will as an organization continue to do the things that we’ve always done to make King of Prussia the most desirable community in the Philadelphia suburbs,” he said.

“And we will work on other transportation projects, many of which I hope will be able to directly help those people who are most in need of a more reliable, more efficient, more effective public transportation service,” Goldstein concluded.

More on local reaction to the stalled KoP Rail project is at the Main Line Media News.


The 6abc coverage of the KoP Rail project’s halt.

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