Good news for those wanting to access Exton train station by foot or bike! West Whiteland Township is happy to celebrate the opening of a new bike and pedestrian path that connects the Chester Valley Trail to the Exton Train Station. The Township is always looking for ways to support our businesses and connect our community. And this path does both!
The path is essentially an extra wide sidewalk along Route 100 in front of Main Street at Exton. It continues under the Route 30 overpass. Crosswalks on Route 100 and the Route 30 ramp, next to the train station, are well-lit, and traffic signals are timed to enhance the safety of those crossings. “Many people have asked when we will get a pedestrian bridge over Route 100 and we still hope to see that someday, but meanwhile these improvements make it much safer to walk and bike from Exton Train Station,” said Theresa Santalucia, West Whiteland Township’s Board of Supervisor Vice-Chair.
“The Chester Valley Trail has come to be known as a commuter trail, and this extension to and from the train station opens up many more possibilities for commuters, including those who can now travel on the train to work in retail businesses, restaurants and hotels here in West Whiteland,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair, Marian Moskowitz.
As part of the same contract, Chester County made a straight pathway for the Chester Valley Trail crossing at Route 100. Instead of the confusing three-part crossing over Commerce Drive, Route 100, and back again over Commerce Drive, trail users now can safely walk or bike straight across Route 100.
County Commissioner Michelle Kichline noted, “Trail extensions like this require a lot of planning, not just for the logistics of the project, but also to focus on the safety of everyone using the trail. The changes made across the Route 100 portion of the extension stitch together a connection that keeps everyone who is walking and cycling on the trail safe as they navigate this busy crossing.”
Many people and organizations made this project possible. Funding for West Whiteland’s path came from a multi-modal transportation grant through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development with the help of Senator Andy Dinniman, a contribution from Steve Wolfson the Wolfson Group, which owns Main Street at Exton, and Township funds.
“Chester County is committed to increasing mobility options for people, is committed to reducing congestion on our roadways, and is committed to developing trail links that benefit the business and retail community. This Chester Valley Trail extension is a perfect example of that commitment.” - Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell