SEPTA’s newest rail station will bear the Wawa name thanks to an agreement with the Wawa convenience store chain.
SEPTA’s multi-year project restored 3.5 miles of rail service west of Elwyn to the new Wawa Station. SEPTA trains last served this area in 1986. The Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line will now be called the Media/Wawa Line.
Wawa operates convenience stores in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic states. and Florida.
The partnership with Wawa is SEPTA’s fifth major naming rights agreement since 2010.
Construction on the Elwyn to Wawa Service Restoration Project began in 2018.
“Wawa is thrilled to partner with SEPTA to relaunch the Media/Wawa Line and provide our friends and neighbors a convenient way to travel from Wawa, PA to Center City Philadelphia and all stops in between,” said Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens. “Located across from the Wawa Dairy that has been bottling and distributing milk for more than 100 years and adjacent to our home office campus, this rail line has meant a lot to Wawa and to our founding family throughout the years. We cannot wait to celebrate its return and look forward to being a part of new history through this new station.”
Rail service was used at the turn of the century to transport Wawa’s milk to a milk depot in Philadelphia for distribution in the city.
The new Wawa Station will officially open for service on Sunday, August 21.
The Wawa station comes as West Chester, PA, officials throw their support behind an expansion of service to the county seat of Chester County through less expensive battery-powered railcars.
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