During 2019, public and private organizations undertook various initiatives that helped to implement the Landscapes3 Connect Goal, "Advance efficient, reliable, and innovative transportation, utility, and communications infrastructure systems that responsibly serve thriving and growing communities." The following success stories highlight some of the more notable initiatives.
In March of 2019, the Chester County Commissioners awarded SEPTA a $1 million grant to help restore regional rail train service to Coatesville. The total project budget is $21 million. Improvements will include parking and a new station on Fleetwood Street. It is estimated that construction will take about three years. Service will begin once the new station is completed. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Expand regional rail service."
In 2019, the reconstruction of Exton Station was undertaken as a coordinated effort between SEPTA, PennDOT, Amtrak, and West Whiteland Township. The project included a new station building and new sheltered passenger waiting areas. The outbound parking lot was extended, and the inbound parking lot was rebuilt. Covered bicycle parking was also installed. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."
In September 2019, Amtrak and SEPTA completed the Paoli Station Accessibility Improvements Project, a process which began in 2016. The project upgraded the 66-year old station with a new platform, elevators, stairs and ramps, a pedestrian overpass, parking lot improvements, and ADA enhancements to the existing station building. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Advance implementation of transportation improvements."
In December 2019, the Planning Commission held the "Trails, Trains & Traffic" forum. It addressed the 2019 transportation needs which included 533 proposed roadway, bridge, bicycle and pedestrian, freight, and transit projects. Updates were provided for the county trails, and station improvements at Devon, Paoli, East Whiteland, Exton, Downingtown, and Coatesville. This initiative helps to implement Landscapes3 recommendation, "Advance multimodal transportation."