A growing population in western Delaware County and southern Chester County and a shortage of parking for passengers on the Media-Elwyn Line has spurred SEPTA's desire to extend the line to Wawa.
Service was "temporarily suspended" in 1986 when SEPTA truncated the old Pennsylvania Railroad route that used to go as far as West Chester.
On Thursday, the SEPTA board approved spending up to $282,788 for 4.86 acres owned by developer Wolfson Verrichia Group Inc. of Plymouth Meeting. The deal is still in negotiation, and the board on Thursday authorized SEPTA officials to acquire the property rights by condemnation if the developer declines to sell.
"We've had numerous discussions, and it's our intention to amicably acquire it," SEPTA real estate director Gerald M. Maier said.
About 3.5 acres would be used to build a 600-space parking garage, and 1.3 acres would be used for an access road to connect with Route 1, Maier said.
Wolfson Verrichia is one of the developers involved in efforts to redevelop the Franklin Mint site, once the headquarters of a company that made and marketed coins, dolls, model cars, and other collectibles.
The Wawa extension is one of many SEPTA projects put on hold by a lack of money.
SEPTA's capital budget, which pays for construction and vehicles, is $303 million this year, about $110 million less than three years ago. State funding has dropped because the federal government rejected Pennsylvania's plan to convert I-80 to a toll road to raise transportation money.
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