Last fall, SEPTA presented three options for the Paoli Transportation Center at an open house at the township building. I received the following SEPTA press release from township manager, Bill Martin who had promised last week that an update was imminent. After reviewing the public’s input and preference on the site location for the new [...]
Monday morning marks the next step for the Paoli Transportation Center project! Five months ago on January 31, I wrote that SEPTA had awarded a $7.5 million contract to Gannett Fleming for the design of a new Paoli regional rail station and parking garage. The plan calls for building the new station 80 feet west [...]
Last night’s Board of Supervisors meeting and public hearing for the Trout Creek Overlay Ordinance was another marathon 4-hour meeting, ending at nearly midnight. An overflow crowd along with Channel 6 ABC news crew attended the early part of the meeting, specifically for the swearing-in ceremony of the police promotions of Lt. Leon Jaskuta, Lt. [...]
Down around the corner A half a mile from here You can see them long trains run And you watch them disappear Without love Where would you be now Without love . . . ~ “Long Train Running”, Doobie Brothers “Long Train Running” is a song written by musician Tom Johnston and recorded by The [...]
Paoli Transportation Center Project Takes Big Steps Forward – A Letter-of-Interest Request Issued by Tredyffrin Township and Request-for-Proposal Issued by SEPTA!
“Plans Afoot For Troubled Paoli Rail Yard, Can It Become A Transportation Center With Buses And Better Parking?” This Philadelphia Inquirer headline above was not written this week, this month, this year – no, the article is seventeen years old, dating from September 14, 1994! This years-old Inquirer article focused on the possibility of turning the “problematic Paoli [...]
Paoli Transportation Center and economic redevelopment – Important community issues or simply political campaign fodder
Unfortunately, in between primary and general election campaign season, the [Paoli] train station is once again relegated to the backstage, waiting for its starring role on the next glossy campaign flyer. Does the transportation project only exist as a political campaign talking point? Following-up on my last Community Matters post, I was looking forward to [...]
Nearly 6 months ago on February 2, 2011, I wrote a post called, ‘Another Store Closing in Tredyffrin . . . A Suggestion for a Business Task Force’. The post detailed another store closing its doors; at the time, it was Tuesday Morning. This post was written immediately following the supervisor interviews for the appointment [...]
Paoli Transportation Center . . . “Top Priority for Willistown Township” so says Supervisor Norman MacQueen
As part of the update on the Paoli Transportation Center project, Norm MacQueen, the chair of Willistown Township’s Board of Supervisors, responded to my request – see his response below. The success of the Paoli Transportation Center effort is dependent on the cooperation and good working relationship of staff and elected officials in Willistown and Tredyffrin townships. MacQueen’s message that the [...]
What’s the future of the Paoli Transportation Center project . . . Remember, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’!
I continue to wonder about the PA Department of Transportation’s interest in the Downingtown train station; the cost of purchasing land and building a new train station when the existing station is only 20 years old. I am certain that Downingtown probably needs additional parking but with one-third the daily ridership of Paoli, I am [...]
Why Does Downingtown Need a ‘New’ Train Station . . . Current station is less than 20 years old! What about Assistance for Train Station Projects already started . . . Ardmore? Paoli?
I was surprised by this headline in the Daily Local, ‘State to consider new Downingtown train station’ – What? How about helping the Ardmore Transit Center project or our own Paoli Transportation Center? According to the article, Bob Garrett, representative from the PA Dept of Transportation presented information to the Downingtown Borough Council that a state-funded study [...]