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Completion of Coatesville Train Station on Schedule

Dec 21, 2023 | Coatesville

Coatesville is experiencing a surge in city revitalization as a $65 million ADA-compliant train station is being constructed. The new station, situated at Fourth Avenue and Fleetwood Street, is progressing according to schedule and is projected to be finished by late 2025, as confirmed by PennDOT.

Pat Gardiner, the director of construction services at Michael Baker International, provided insights into the ongoing work at the train station. Gardiner mentioned, “We are approximately 40% through the project and aim to complete it by 2025. In the first two months of 2024, our focus will be on the upper part of the south wall on the Fleetwood Street side, where we are installing around three dozen 30- to 35-foot deep helical piles connected by beams to support the platforms. Additionally, waterline relocation along Coates Street is in progress.”

City of Coatesville manager James Logan expressed enthusiasm, stating, “As we anticipate the completion of the new Coatesville Train Station in 2025, we are pleased to report no significant delays. PennDOT’s leadership team is consistently achieving project milestones, and our collaboration with Michael Baker International has been highly positive.”

Logan emphasized the benefits of the new station, stating, “The city continues to reshape its narrative as a thriving community, and this project has already attracted new residents, investors, and entrepreneurs.”

According to a PennDOT statement, “PennDOT’s current station project is fully funded with federal transit (FTA) and state transit funding.” The project includes a 123-space parking lot but does not incorporate a parking garage due to funding limitations at the time of bidding.

Chairman of the Coatesville Redevelopment Authority, Joe DiSciullo, expressed excitement about the ongoing revitalization, noting positive developments such as the nth Innovation Center, the Routes 30 and 82 highway intersection alignment, Palmer Park improvements, and various completed projects.

The new train station, designed to enhance passenger safety and amenities, will feature high-level accessible platforms, canopies, seating, and a pedestrian-only underpass on Fourth Avenue. The facility aims to accommodate increased train travel for seniors and individuals with disabilities, benefiting an estimated 1,374 Coatesville senior citizens and 1,442 residents with disabilities.

Coatesville has already witnessed positive economic indicators, with tax revenues rising from $7.15 million in 2015 to $8.29 million in 2021. The city’s unemployment rate has decreased from 35.3% in 2015 to 22.7% in 2022, and home ownership has increased from 36.4% in 2015 to 41.5% in 2020.

County Commissioner Marian Moskowitz emphasized the significance of the train station, stating, “A restored regional rail service is going a long way in restoring Coatesville’s strength.” Moskowitz highlighted the positive impact on the city, including increased access to regional jobs, economic opportunities, and growth in business, retail, and restaurants.

Visit the full unedited article by Bill Rettew at The Daily Local.

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