About King of Prussia Rail

What is King of Prussia Rail?

SEPTA’s King of Prussia Rail Project (KOP Rail) will extend the existing Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) 4 miles into King of Prussia (KOP), providing a high-speed, “one-seat” ride from any station along the NHSL, including the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby and the Norristown Transportation Center in Norristown.

With the addition of KOP Rail to SEPTA’s transportation network, Greater Philadelphia Area commuters, shoppers, students, and visitors will have access to frequent and reliable service between Center City, University City, and King of Prussia—the Delaware Valley’s three largest employment centers—in 45 minutes. This is less than a typical trip on the I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway).

The NHSL has an on-time performance average of 95 percent, serving the Main Line area in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, including numerous colleges and universities such as Villanova University, Haverford College, Rosemont College, and Bryn Mawr College.

KOP Rail is currently in the preliminary engineering phase.

Visit SEPTA’s project website for updates, frequently asked questions and more information.

Project Website


Why King of Prussia Rail is Vital

The importance of transportation by rail cannot be overstated. Below is a listing of just some of the potential benefits of King of Prussia Rail. The rail project will:

  • Create short-term and long-term jobs and bolster the local economy
  • Provide a direct transportation alternative to the largest commercial center in the suburban Philadelphia region for employees and visitors
  • Increase property values adjacent to the line
  • Create opportunities for new office, housing and retail projects within walking distance of the line
  • Reduce travel time and distance traveled for commuters, consumers and residents alike
  • Lower infrastructure costs for businesses and municipalities
  • Reduce congestion and traffic
  • Improve air quality and reduce pollutants
  • Provide savings to commuters on gas and maintenance of vehicles
  • Help keep Upper Merion real estate taxes low by improving the competitive edge for commercial activity along the rail line

 


Facts & Figures

  • KOP Rail will increase $2.5 billion in property values across the region, including a $1.8 billion increase in existing residential property values and more than $700 million in new residential and commercial development
  • KOP Rail will create an estimated additional 5,400-6,300 local, family-sustaining construction related jobs in southeastern Pennsylvania, generating up to $602 million in middle class worker earnings
  • KOP Rail will stimulate 5.3 million square feet of new development, 8,000 permanent new jobs, and $636 million in additional annual earnings across southeastern Pennsylvania.
  • KOP Rail will lower levels of air pollution as a result of fewer miles driven and reduced engine idling – estimated total value of air pollution reduction ranges from approximately $1.5 million to $1.9 million annually
  • KOP Rail will save drivers travel time estimated at 1.7 million-2.1 million hours per year, valued at $36.4-$44.5 million annually
  • KOP Rail will reduce commuting time for existing transit riders by an estimated 104,000-217,000 hours per year, valued at $2.6 million-$4.7 million annually to commuters in southeastern Pennsylvania
  • KOP Rail will result in an annual reduction of up to 18 million vehicle miles traveled per year for drivers switching from car travel to KOP Rail
  • KOP Rail will provide greater reverse commute opportunities for those who live in the city and want to work at businesses in large employment centers in the suburbs.
  • KOP Rail will allow suburban residents to have a more reliable commute into Philadelphia, contributing to the Philadelphia economy.

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We need your support today! King of Prussia Rail offers economic opportunities and an alternative transit solution for businesses, employees, visitors and residents alike! We have received tremendous support from the community so far. Help us maintain that momentum by letting us know below why you support KOP Rail!*

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