Image:Conceptual rendering of new Downingtown Station (2014)
The current station site is not an option for expansion because it is located on a slight curve of the track and cannot feasibly be modified to accommodate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access requirements.
A new station location was identified in February 2013, less than half a mile east of the current station, just east of the East Branch Brandywine Creek.
The proposed station will include side platforms with canopies, elevator/stair towers, a railroad bridge, a pedestrian bridge, retaining walls, and parking.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process was completed on September 20, 2016, following Federal Transit Administration (FTA) review of a Categorical Exclusion Evaluation.
Preliminary engineering is complete; final design is expected to begin in 2017.
A Traffic Impact Analysis will be undertaken in 2017 to determine the effect the new train station and surrounding mixed-use redevelopment can be expected to have on area roadways, building on a multimodal 2014 Transportation Impact Study.