SEPTA today gathered with elected officials and other stakeholders at Tasker-Morris Station to break ground for a new project that will make the South Philadelphia Broad Street Line station fully accessible, and deliver modern amenities for riders.
A key element of the $19 million project will be providing elevator access from street level to the mezzanine level and a second elevator to the platform below. This will make the station fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“Thanks to funding from the Commonwealth and the City of Philadelphia, we are making investments that will improve mobility and enhance access, and support the communities we serve,” said SEPTA General Manager and CEO Leslie S. Richards. “This project is helping to revitalize a critical station, and we look forward to delivering more improvements on the line in the near future.”
“I want to thank SEPTA for making this $19 million investment to improve SEPTA’S Tasker-Morris Station on the important Broad Street Line,” said Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (Second District), Chairperson of City Council’s Transportation Committee. “SEPTA will continue to make important improvements and upgrades on all modes of transportation and infrastructure throughout the SEPTA system in the five-county Philadelphia area. I am looking forward to seeing additional SEPTA improvements throughout the Second Council District and the Delaware Valley to enhance the public transit travel experience in the years to come.”
In addition to the new elevators, other planned improvements to the station include:
- New lighting and other electrical improvements
- ADA-compliant communications system upgrades w/emergency call boxes and HD security cameras
- New safety and wayfinding signage
- ADA-compliant guard rails and handrails
- Modified fare lines for improved flow
“I am pleased that SEPTA is making these necessary improvements to the Tasker Morris Subway Station so that riders with different abilities can more easily access the Broad Street Line. The lighting and safety enhancements are good first steps to ease the fears of the ridership,” said Philadelphia City Councilmember Mark Squilla
By the time the project is completed in early 2024, 13 of the 22 Broad Street Line stations will be fully ADA accessible.
Tasker-Morris serves approximately 3,000 riders each weekday. The station will remain open during construction.