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January 19, 2021

FTA and SEPTA Issue Combined FEIS

By Eric Goldstein, Executive Director, King of Prussia District
artisitic rendering of king of prussia rail running along first avenue

King of Prussia District and the King of Prussia Rail Coalition are thrilled to announce an exciting step forward for SEPTA’s King of Prussia Rail project. On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision (FEIS/ROD) for the King of Prussia Rail project. The document is available on the FTA’s website, as well as the KOP Rail website.

The FEIS, which began in March 2018 following the completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)further identifies environmental and community impacts and commits to specific mitigation and minimization actions to eliminate or reduce negative effects. The ROD is the official decision document of the FTA which allowsSEPTA to continue further engineering and construction of the project.   
 
Next, SEPTA will commence Phase 2 of Preliminary Design (30% design) for the project.  Phase 2 will build on the efforts of Phase 1 and will add more detail during 30% design.  It will also include FTA requirements for project development, such as a project management plan, cost estimate and project delivery schedule. 

This significant milestone is just the latest in a series of recent advancements for the transformative project, which will connect southeastern Pennsylvania’s three largest employment centers – Center City, University City, and King of Prussia. In December, SEPTA officials hosted a virtual public meeting to share the refined route for the 4-mile extension of the existing Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) into King of Prussia and unveil new renderings of its five stations. Full details on the project – including the Refined Route Interactive Map, station renderings and a 3D video – are available on the KOP Rail website .

KOP Rail is an integral part of SEPTA’s long-range plan to serve the needs of the region and is a necessary investment to ensure that our region remains competitive. The King of Prussia Rail Coalition champions this project because we believe KOP Rail will:

    • Help reduce congestion on area roadways
    • Spark economic development in KOP and other points along the existing line
    • Grow short and long-term jobs
    • Increase property value along the line, especially near the proposed stations
    • Create walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods around the proposed stations

To learn more about the King of Prussia Rail Coalition, endorse the project and sign up for updates, visit KOPRailCoalition.com.