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Philadelphia – Waterfront Line Could Cost $500 Million

Rail Transit Online, October 2009

A new light rail line along the Delaware River waterfront with a streetcar connection to City Hall could cost between $364 million and $514 million, according to newly-released estimates. The project would be built by the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA), which also operates the PATCO High Speed line. A final plan is expected to be unveiled later in October by DRPA, SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia.

There are three alternatives under consideration for the streetcar route but the favored option, which would have the highest estimated ridership, is reportedly a line along Market Street from Columbus Boulevard to City Hall (PA-2 on map). The 3.3-mi. (5.3 km) waterfront route would use existing right-of-way in the median of Columbus Boulevard from Pier 70 to Girard Avenue, serving two proposed casinos. Construction won't start for at least five years and only if federal funding can be obtained.

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