SEPTA is moving forward with the construction of the new Wissahickon Transportation Center, which will enhance the customer experience at the busy bus station on Ridge Avenue.
“This new, state-of-the-art transit hub will make bus service more convenient and reliable for the thousands of people in northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods who depend on buses to get to work, school, and other activities,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon Sr.
At its February meeting, the SEPTA Board awarded three contracts for a total of $28,313,154 to construction contractors: $22,292,654 to Daniel J. Keating Company for general construction; $4,203,000 to Carr and Duff, LLC for electrical construction; and $1,817,500 to Edward J. Meloney, Inc. for mechanical construction.
This project allows SEPTA to expand the existing Wissahickon Transportation Center – significantly improving operations, safety, and accessibility. It includes the construction of ADA-compliant boarding areas, new signage, and weather protection. Work is expected to begin this spring.
“With approximately 7,200 pre-COVID daily passenger trips, this facility has more daily activity than all but one non-Center City Regional Rail station,” said SEPTA General Manager and CEO Leslie S. Richards. “SEPTA’s bus network has experienced the largest rebound across all modes – with bus ridership reaching 70% of pre-COVID levels. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, the new Wissahickon Transportation Center will play an important role in SEPTA’s ongoing Bus Revolution.”
Bus Revolution – a key initiative of SEPTA Forward, SEPTA’s strategic plan – is a comprehensive redesign of the bus network. Together with other SEPTA Forward initiatives, such as Trolley Modernization and King of Prussia Rail, it promotes and strengthens regional growth and connects people with opportunity.