SEPTA’s newest Regional Rail station will bear the name of a hometown institution thanks to a naming rights agreement announced. The new Wawa Station will officially open for service on Aug. 21.
The announcement represents a milestone for SEPTA’s multi-year project to restore more than 3.5 miles of Regional 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 to reflect the new terminus of service.
“With this station naming rights agreement, SEPTA continues to be an industry leader in finding innovative and cost-effective ways to deliver enhanced services for our customers,” said Pasquale T. Deon Sr., SEPTA board chairman. “We are grateful to Wawa for recognizing SEPTA’s value to the region and for lending the Wawa name to our newest station.”
The partnership with Wawa is SEPTA’s fifth major naming rights agreement since 2010. As with the other agreements, this collaboration will further SEPTA’s commitment to generating new sources of revenue.
“From the Hub of Hope to our new SEPTA Key Advantage program, Wawa has supported so many of SEPTA’s service and community-building initiatives,” said Leslie S. Richards, SEPTA GM/CEO. “We are thrilled that Wawa is partnering with us to make its hometown station a vibrant part of our Regional Rail network. We look forward to launching this new service and improving transportation options for those living and working in Middletown Township, Chester Heights, and surrounding communities.”
Construction on the Elwyn to Wawa Service Restoration Project began in 2018, following earlier slope stabilization and substation work, and is nearing completion. The new Wawa Station building is fully ADA accessible with a pedestrian underpass and restroom facilities. It features a 600-space parking deck and signalized access to Route 1. The station has multimodal access with connections to SEPTA Bus Routes 111 and 114.
SEPTA and Wawa will celebrate the opening of Wawa Station with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in August. Service and schedule details will be announced soon.