No Septa high speed train line in Upper Merion Township.
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There are several problems and concerns with this rail line. Our Concerns: • Initial communication about the proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line was poor. Many residents of Upper Merion were unaware of the project for the first TWO years. The paper survey Septa mailed should have been mailed to everyone especially the residents who live in the possible route build options. • The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line does NOT benefit citizens of Upper Merion. Many of the proposed stops won’t have a parking lot, meaning residents will continue to use the existing station. Lifestyle changes by residents would be required to garner the results SEPTA is seeking. • The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line will become an eyesore and create unnecessary noise pollution. The train currently runs approximately 21 hours a day. • The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line does NOT address safety concerns residents have about train tracks being within 20-60 feet of backdoors. These same tracks will be elevated over ranch-style homes. • The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line does NOT address access points for emergency and maintenance use should one of the routes along the PECO/Turnpike or PECO Right-of-Way be chosen. • The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line does NOT address how residents will be compensated for any addition cost they will incur due to the changes the extension will cause. (Drainage issues, Loss of power during construction, protective barriers, etc.) • The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line is very vague about how the project will be funded. Statistically, fares only generate 1/4 to 1/3 of operating expenses. SEPTA has confirmed that federal subsidies and grants will be use, but where will the rest of the money come from? • The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line hasn’t yet addressed residents’ concerns regarding the environment or landmarks and historic landmarks ( King Of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company 911 Memorial) also possibly the King Of Prussia Inn. and how it will be affected. • Most importantly… Upper Merion residents were NOT asked if they even want the project to happen! At the very least, we feel residents of Upper Merion should vote on the extension of the Norristown High Speed Line! Please feel free to share and pass this petition on to anyone who may be interested in signing it and having a voice on this issue. Thank you.
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