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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Wawa Inc., a convenience store and gas station chain, announced they've signed a naming rights agreement for the newest Regional Rail station.
The new "Wawa Station" will open Aug. 21. The agreement represents an important milestone for the transit agency's multiyear project to restore more than 3.5 miles of Regional Rail service between Elwyn and Wawa Station, SEPTA officials said in a press release. Trains last ran in the area in 1986.
The Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line will now be called the Media/Wawa Line to reflect the service's new terminus. Wawa Station features a 600-space parking deck and multimodal access.
The partnership is SEPTA's fifth major naming-rights agreement since 2010, and will provide new revenue sources that are critical to the transit agency's pandemic recovery, agency officials said.
"From the Hub of Hope to our new SEPTA Key Advantage program, Wawa has supported so many of SEPTA's service and community-building initiatives,” said SEPTA General Manager and CEO Leslie Richards.
Construction on the line began in 2018, following earlier slope stabilization and substation work.
The rail line played a major role in Wawa's early development as a company, SEPTA officials said. In 1903, one year after founder George Wood established Wawa's predecessor Wawa Dairy, the Pennsylvania Railroad opened a station at 32nd and Market streets in Philadelphia.