A new station is under construction to provide ADA accessibility and improve station function and amenities while supporting station-area revitalization.
This $65 million project, which includes design, station and streetscape construction, Amtrak support, and Amtrak trackwork, will result in a new station on Fleetwood Street just east of the existing historic station building. The current building (owned by Amtrak and leased to the City of Coatesville) has been closed for more than 25 years. The original site is on a curve of the track that prevents construction of ADA-accessible platforms and necessitated the shift in the station location.
- 530-foot-long high-level (accessible) platforms with canopies and seating;
- Stair/elevator towers;
- An audio/visual public address system and security cameras;
- Bicycle racks;
- Expanded surface parking; and
- Accommodation for multimodal connections.
The bridge that takes 4th Avenue under the railroad will be converted into a pedestrian underpass to access both sides of the track. Trackwork improvements include a bypass track to be constructed by Amtrak to facilitate freight train traffic safely past the new high-level platforms.
Fleetwood Street will be reconfigured to improve access to the new station and to include bus stop and “kiss-and-ride” areas. The layout will include a plaza and space for commercial and retail development on the south side of Fleetwood Street opposite the new station location, on property owned by the City/Redevelopment Authority (RDA).
PennDOT established a station working group to ensure local involvement with the station design as well as the related streetscape projects for 3rd and 4th avenues. The streetscape work was completed in advance of station construction to ensure safe and accessible pedestrian and bicycle connections to the new station location while also providing aesthetic, drainage, and parking improvements.