The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia will be a catalyst for economic development and job growth.
King of Prussia Rail
Currently the Norristown High Speed Line’s (NHSL) existing stations are at King of Prussia’s edge, bypassing core amenities like King of Prussia Mall, commercial corridors and office parks. A dedicated transit line into the center of King of Prussia is vital to connecting suburban Philadelphia’s largest employment center and the East Coast’s largest shopping mall to rail.
In fall of 2012, SEPTA began work on the King of Prussia Rail that will connect King of Prussia’s retail and commercial cores with direct access to rail.
There are nearly 60,000 people working in King of Prussia, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) expects that number to grow to 64,000 jobs by 2035. Of those employees, 95% commute by car. Moreover, the landmarks of Valley Forge National Historical Park and King of Prussia Mall attract over 2.38M and 20M visitors a year, respectively. With an average of over 130,000 people in the area every day, the need for an efficient transportation system that will ease some of the traffic and delays on area roadways is evident.
King of Prussia Rail Coalition
The King of Prussia Rail Coalition (Coalition) was formed in 2015 by the King of Prussia District and GVF to garner regional support for the proposed extension of the NHSL into King of Prussia. The Coalition seeks to build support from residents, commercial property owners, elected officials, employees, visitors, regional economic development and job growth agencies, chambers of commerce and more to move the King of Prussia Rail forward.