The project will expand parking capacity, improve vehicular traffic circulation, improve multimodal access to the train station, and promote economic development.
PennDOT is advancing three elements of station-area improvements through a public-private partnership (P3).
- Parking: At least 400 spaces will be provided adjacent to the station.
- West Emaus Street Extension: The local street will connect to West Main Street (Route 230) through the new station parking lot, improving traffic flow in the station area. The design will be consistent with the Borough of Middletown's redevelopment efforts.
- Pedestrian Bridge: A new crossing over Route 230 will provide students at Penn State–Harrisburg with a convenient link to the train station that is separated from vehicular traffic and protected from the elements.
The P3 partner will develop, design, build, finance, operate, and maintain all three facilities for a designated number of years. PennDOT will retain ownership and provide oversight to the P3 partner.
A P3 partner, Keystone Connections, was shortlisted in January 2017 and PennDOT issued a Request for Proposal in July 2018. Keystone Connections had until October to submit a detailed proposal for developing, designing, building, financing, operating, and maintaining the new Middletown Station parking facility, the West Emaus Street extension, and the pedestrian bridge.
PennDOT is leading the P3 contracting process.