News for Immediate
Jan. 24, 2014
Officials Unveil Plans for SEPTA Station Improvements Funded through New
Delaware County –
Governor Tom Corbett today joined state, local and transportation officials to detail
construction and improvement plans for SEPTA’s Secane train station, which is
along SEPTA’s Media/Elwyn line and serves nearly 11,000 riders daily.
The project is one of the benefits
that southeastern Pennsylvania will see because of the state’s comprehensive
transportation plan, which Corbett signed into law on Nov. 25, 2013.
“Today, we are delivering on our
promise and demonstrating that the benefits from transportation investment are happening
quickly, impacting safety and putting people to work,” Corbett
said. “This station is just one example of long-delayed projects that can
finally move forward because of this legislation.”
Over the next two years, SEPTA will
invest $21 million in the Secane station. This year, station parking will be
expanded from 40 spaces to 100; the entrance will be changed to improve traffic
flow; and new signs and
lighting will be installed.
Next year, the station, which was
built in 1871, will be reconstructed including new high-level platforms and a
pedestrian tunnel. Also, all station facilities will be made fully ADA-accessible.
By the end of this summer SEPTA,
which provides 340 million rides a year, anticipates that it will award more
than $83 million in contracts to improve its system.
the projects that SEPTA expects to start this year include: improvements to the
69th Street terminal, repairs to a bridge carrying the Chestnut Hill
West Regional Rail line, and substation improvements
along rail lines at Jenkintown and Clifton. The SEPTA commuter rail lines carry 126,000 riders a day, and the transportation plan ensures
these lines remain in service.
Roads and bridges in the five-county
Philadelphia region will also benefit from the transportation plan, with more
than $100 million in additional improvements anticipated to occur this year.
PennDOT also expects to begin many
projects this year such as: widening of the Con-Chester Highway in Delaware
County, traffic signal and intersection improvements at 20 intersections along
Baltimore Pike in Delaware County,
and resurfacing and curb ramps on various roads in the region.
“This transportation bill is
bringing jobs, increased safety and better transportation services to
Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “There is a lot of work to do in every corner of
the state, and we now have the resources to meet these needs.”
For more information on
transportation funding, visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Steve Chizmar, 717-783-1116