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Philadelphia Waterfront Transit Expansion Alternatives Analysis


The Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), a subsidiary of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), evaluated alternatives to expand transit services along Philadelphia’s Waterfront. The alternatives were evaluated as part of an Alternatives Analysis (AA), the first step in the Federal Transit Administration’s Planning Process. This Alternatives Analysis was preceded by the Southern New Jersey to Philadelphia Transit Study (October 2005) which strongly recommended increased rail transit in this corridor.


Three alternatives were originally presented to the public in January 2008. Since then, these alternatives were evaluated to identify estimated capital and operating cost, construction and operational feasibility, support for regional mobility and economic development, and consistency with the principles of smart growth and sustainability. The preferred alignment is Alternative 2 shown below:




Public open houses were convened in September 2009. Alternative 2 has been identified as the Locally Preferred Alternative. More information available here.


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