SEPTA officially kicked off the West Terminal Improvements Project at 69th Street Transportation Center with a groundbreaking ceremony today. SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey was joined by elected officials and community leaders for the event.
“Almost 35,000 people use 69th Street Transportation Center every day,” said Casey. “The improvements we are making at the West Terminal will ensure that those customers will have a restored and modernized place where they can catch our buses and trolleys.”
69th Street Transportation Center is a 105-year old, multi-modal facility, serving passengers on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line, Norristown High Speed Line, trolley Routes 101 and 102 and 18 bus routes. Renovations at West Terminal include:
- -Reconstructing pedestrian ramps to terminal platforms, the North and Center Platforms and canopies and Center Platform waiting area
- -Partially reconstructing the South Platform
- -Enhancing safety and security efforts by installing cameras
- -Furthering SEPTA’s commitment to sustainability by incorporating design features including green roofs to reduce storm water drainage, energy efficient LED lighting and architectural elements in the passenger waiting area that will allow for increased natural light and reduced energy use.
The $19.6 million 69th Street Transportation Center West Terminal Improvements Project is part of SEPTA’s “Rebuilding for the Future” capital program, https://www.septa.org/rebuilding/index.html. The work is funded through the Federal Transit Administration Bus and Bus Facility Livability Grant Program and Pennsylvania Act 89.
“SEPTA’s 69th Street Transportation Center is a transit gateway for travel to and around Delaware, Philadelphia, Montgomery and Chester counties,” said Casey. “Without federal and state support, we would not have been able to complete this necessary work. I applaud our elected officials for recognizing the need for investing in our transportation infrastructure and awarding SEPTA the funding needed for this vital reconstruction project that will that improve mobility and strengthen our community.”
Portions of the West Terminal project are underway. The entire West Terminal will be closed beginning June 15, to allow for the remainder of the project to be completed. The new West Terminal is scheduled to be completed in November 2015. During construction, shuttle buses will be used for Trolley Routes 101 and 102 and the boarding locations for those buses, as well as Routes 104, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 120, 123 and 126 will be relocated to a temporary loop.