The Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) recently accepted the King of Prussia Rail (KOP Rail) project from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) under the Investment Grants Program (CIG).
The program allocates funds to light, heavy and commuter rail, streetcar and bus rapid transit projects.
The railway line has been authorized to enter the development phase of the project. This offers the possibility of continued coordination with the FTA and is necessary to seek federal funding.
SEPTA will focus on evaluating program delivery options and completing 30 percent of the infrastructure design during this stage of the project.
“Over the past few years, SEPTA has invested in the technical planning, environmental analysis, public awareness and initial technical work required to make this phase a success,” said Jody Holton, Deputy Managing Director of Planning, SEPTA. “We will continue to work closely with local communities and stakeholders as design progresses on this critical project. “
The KOP Rail project will extend the existing high-speed line from Norristown for four miles into King of Prussia, providing access between the city center, the university town and the King of Prussia in 45 minutes.
The line is a key part of SEPTA’s strategic plan to increase connectivity, access and equity for residents.