Train stations in midstate could start to look different in coming years

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jul 17, 2017 4:49 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A number of train stations in the midstate could start to look a little different in the coming years.

PennDOT is looking to partner with private developers, and stations in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Mount Joy and Elizabethtown are on the list.

PennDOT has already signed with a developer in Middletown, and is planning on expanding the Harrisburg station as well.

In Middletown, the wish list included a parking lot with 400 spaces, a pedestrian bridge to Penn State Harrisburg, and office and retail space in the station.

Erin Waters-Trasatt with PennDOT calls it transit oriented development.

"We really look at these stations as assets to their communities and they're gateways to the communities. And the more welcoming that they and the station areas are, the more that we could see ridership and the more that they can enhance their host communities," she says.

Waters-Trasatt says there's a thorough process to vet potential developers that includes a request for information, before an official request for proposals.

"They propose to us what would make the most sense to meet both of our needs, and we're most interested in having the stations function the best for the surrounding areas," she adds.

Other stations on the Keystone line are also a part of the work - Coatesville, Downingtown, and Parkesburg.

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