Construction on the Exton Train Station is slated to commence this summer, state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-Chester County, announced last week.
Parking expansion and site work will begin in July, kick-starting a two-year renovation project that will add a ticket office, waiting area and restrooms to the station. The project also includes improved sidewalks, bike racks, expanded parking and new, raised platforms to make the train accessible to people with disabilities.
Bidding opens Friday. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2017.
Construction was accelerated due to a federal judge's ruling on an American With Disabilities Act lawsuit, according to Dinniman. Other issues also must be resolved.
“Exton Station is meant to be a transportation hub and yet there aren’t plans for bus service to actually go into the station," Dinniman said. "Passengers will have to walk along the entrance of the Route 30 bypass to get to the train. That is not only incredibly inconvenient; it’s downright dangerous.”