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SEPTA Postponing Planned Parking Garage at Jenkintown Train Station

By Brad Segall

JENKINTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — It appears that SEPTA is moving away from its previously announced plan to build a multi-story parking garage at the Jenkintown train station, in Montgomery County.

But residents who have been fighting the plan are still a little skeptical.

The plan to build a 700-space garage has been in the works for several years and has been the subject of contentious discussions between the transit agency and Cheltenham residents who live near the station.

But now, SEPTA says its focus is making that station ADA-compliant with higher platforms, so parking is on the back burner for now.

Olga McHugh, vice president of the Cheltenham Chamber of Citizens civic group, says SEPTA should “provide better service, better parking for the stations in the far suburbs, and add parking where they can along the line — up and down the line, not just focusing in one area.”

The residents were concerned about flooding and increased traffic on their small, narrow streets.

SEPTA assistant general manager Jeffrey Knueppel says they will look at parking alternatives at other stations.

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