The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is continuing to develop plans and working to address concerns for the King of Prussia Rail Project, which would connect the region’s largest metro employment zone outside city limits with downtown Philadelphia.

SEPTA recently presented environmental impact study results at a Montgomery County Commissioners meeting and held three public comment hearings in King of Prussia. Based on feedback from neighbors along the rail’s proposed route, SEPTA is considering shifting the path the line takes along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, adding as much as $75 million to the $1.1 billion project.

The line would connect Center City Philadelphia with the King of Prussia Mall, the King of Prussia Business Park, Valley Forge Casino Resort and Valley Forge National Park.

SEPTA says it hopes to finalize a route and get approval for the project in early 2018. If funding is secured, the line could be operational as early as 2018, SEPTA said.

“This rail line would be a significant infrastructure improvement over the busses that currently serve the area via congested highways,” said Buchanan’s Debby Stark. “So far, SEPTA has done a good job accommodating neighbors’ concerns to move forward with a project that would offer considerable economic growth for the region.”

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