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SEPTA slates meetings on Norristown line extension


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has scheduled three public meetings to review plans for a project to extend the Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia and Upper Merion Township, Pa.

Known as the King of Prussia Rail Project, the extension would provide a direct, one-seat ride from the Norristown Transportation Center to various destinations in the King of Prussia and Valley Forge area, SEPTA officials said in a press release. 

At the meetings, representatives from SEPTA and the King of Prussia Rail Project consultant team will give an overview of recent activities, including the selection of the recommended locally preferred alternative, which was chosen from five possible routes.

The preferred route runs along a portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike right-of-way and terminates at North Gulph Road adjacent to the Valley Forge Convention Center and Casino, SEPTA officials said.

The meetings are scheduled for March 7, 9 and 15.

"The extension of the Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia would be an asset for this area's growing travel, business and shopping needs and it is important for the public to come to the meetings and provide their feedback on the project," said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel.

Launched in fall 2012, the King of Prussia Rail Project includes the preparation of a draft environmental impact statement, which is scheduled to be released in December 2016.

A December 2015 report found that the extension could add $540 million to $946 million to King of Prussia's real estate value over 20 years.

A map shows the recommended locally preferred alternative for the King of Prussia Rail Project.
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Souce: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

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