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More Space For Elwyn Riders

Soon, the morning routine for riders who board the Media/Elwyn Line Regional Rail at Elwyn Station will be less stressful. The current available parking at the Delaware County station will be increased, giving commuters a lot more elbow room and an easier time finding a place to park.

Recently, SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey joined Pennsylvania State Senator Dominic Pileggi, State Representative Thomas Killion, along with local government and community leaders to announce the start of a SEPTA Regional Rail parking expansion project for the station. SEPTA, in partnership with the Elwyn Institute, will expand parking facilities by adding 90 parking spaces on a lot adjacent to the station, increasing the number spaces to over 300.

"Expanding parking at Elwyn Station will not only help safely accommodate our park-and-ride customers, it will also alleviate parking congestion along Elwyn Road," Casey remarked, adding that further parking relief at the station will be seen as SEPTA moves towards extending service to Wawa.

Currently many commuters who drive to Elwyn Station have to play "musical chairs" when trying to find a parking spot. It is not unusual to find cars parked along the grassy embankment of the rural road in front of the station or illegally parked in the surrounding neighborhood. Currently, Elwyn Station parking lot can accommodate 233.

In addition to State Senators Pileggi and Killion, GM Casey was joined at the Elwyn Station Parking Expansion groundbreaking by Lorraine Bradshaw, Middletown Township City Council; Laura Ness from Congressman Sestack's office; Daniel J. Kubik, SEPTA Board Member; Thomas E. Babcock, SEPTA Board Member and Dan Reardon, Senior Vice President of the Elwyn Institute.

The project, which consists of concrete work, grading, signage, electrical, and paving, will create approximately 30 jobs for area workers from Ambler, Media, Chester, Philadelphia, and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

The nearly $900,000 project is part of a federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2010.

GM Casey and officials dig in at Elwyn parking expansion ground breaking

GM Casey addresses the crowd

The parking lot expansion should reduce the number of cars parked alongside the nearby road