By providing a congestion-free transit connection to King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Norristown, and other destinations in Montgomery and Delaware Counties, SEPTA’s King of Prussia Rail Project (KOP Rail) will help drive growth and opportunity for the Greater Philadelphia Region. A rail connection with 5 new stations in King of Prussia addresses a critical need in southeastern Pennsylvania’s transportation system. It will connect Center City (292,000 jobs), University City (75,000 jobs), and King of Prussia (60,000 jobs) — southeastern Pennsylvania’s three largest employment centers — in 45 minutes, significantly less than a typical trip on heavily congested I-76.
KOP Rail will create an estimated additional 5,400-6,300 local, family-sustaining construction related jobs in southeastern Pennsylvania, generating up to $602 million in middle class worker earnings.
KOP Rail will stimulate 5.3 million square feet of new development, 8,000 permanent new jobs, and $636 million in additional annual earnings across southeastern Pennsylvania.
KOP Rail will increase of $2.5 billion in property values across the region, including a $1.8 billion increase in existing residential property values and more than $700 million in new residential and commercial development.
KOP Rail will lower levels of air pollution as a result of fewer miles driven and reduced engine idling - estimated total value of air pollution reduction ranges from approximately $1.5 million to $1.9 million annually.
KOP Rail will save drivers travel time estimated at 1.7 million-2.1 million hours per year, valued at $36.4-$44.5 million annually
KOP Rail will result in an annual reduction of up to 18 million vehicle miles traveled per year for drivers switching from car travel to KOP Rail
KOP Rail will allow suburban residents to have a more reliable commute into Philadelphia, contributing to the Philadelphia economy.
KOP Rail will reduce commuting time for existing transit riders by an estimated 104,000-217,000 hours per year, valued at $2.6 million-$4.7 million annually to commuters in southeastern Pennsylvania
KOP Rail will provide greater reverse commute opportunities for those who live in the city and want to work at businesses in large employment centers in the suburbs.