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422 Commuter Relief, Sometime In The Future

What the High-Speed line between Norristown and King of Prussia might look like (drawing from SEPTA)

Commuter Train Service Has To Start Somewhere

Tired of the daily hassle that is the U.S. Route 422 commute? Keep wishing the long-abandoned train ride between Pottstown and Norristown would return and make your life, and the lives of many neighbors and fellow drivers, easier? Hold on to that hope!

In the meantime, anticipate the closest the Norristown train might get to the farther western Montgomery County suburbs anytime soon is by way of King of Prussia. There’s been plenty of activity lately, and accompanying press coverage, regarding plans to extend the SEPTA High-Speed Line from the Norristown Transportation Center to “destinations in King of Prussia” like the mall, and the Valley Forge Casino and Convention Center. Read about the “King of Prussia Rail Project,” as its called, here.

The most recent development is circulation of a list describing amounts each of the 50 states is seeking from the Trump Administration if and when it gets around to supplying money for infrastructure improvements. According to a recent article in Keystone Crossroads, Pennsylvania might ask for $777 million for highway and transit improvements, and an additional $1.1 billion for the rail project.

Apparently little will happen quickly. Even if all the money comes through, and all plans are approved, and all controversies are avoided, the project might not be completed until 2025. Until then, drive carefully.

422 Commuter Relief, Sometime In The Future

A tram car drives visitors through the American Treasure Tour (photo from the tour website)

If You’re Searching For Something To Do

“The place is bizarre and so very different, but mostly it’s so much fun. I think my jaw was dropped during at least half of my time spent there in disbelief at the tens of thousands of items on display in so many varied collections.”

That’s part of the latest published review of the American Treasure Tour (above), located at the 422 Business Center in Oaks PA, just off the Oaks exit of U.S. Route 422. The attraction describes itself as “an all-indoor massive collection of Americana from antiques to kitsch to pop culture.” It houses two primary exhibits for mechanical music and preserved classic automobiles, as well as “a jam-packed display of store window animations, dolls, doll houses, model airplanes, circus and patriotic art, and holiday items.”

In a Delaware County News Network story Wednesday (March 15, 2017), writer Peg Degrassa claims the best part of the tour was the ability to ride a tram car “through the warehouse so a visitor (like me) could comfortably sit back, listen to the tour guide, and learn some interesting new things while viewing the collection of Americana on both sides of each room and hanging from the ceilings.”

If you’re interested in going, the tour is open for general admission Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with last tickets sold at 2:15 p.m. Tickets cost $12.50 for adults, $5 for children 2-12, and those younger than 2 are free.

422 Commuter Relief, Sometime In The Future

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Enjoying Time With The Grandparents

Friday (March 17) was Grandparents’ and Someone Special Day (postponed due to the storm from Tuesday, March 14) at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School on Buchert Road. The place saw plenty of smiling faces and echoed with tons of laughter: witness the happy grin (at right) on the face of Lower Pottsgrove resident and fourth grader Jonathan Spadt, accompanied by his grandfather, Tom Frederick.

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