SEPTA gathered with local officials and community members to celebrate the recently completed modernization of Secane Station on the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line.
The Secane Station renewal project was made possible thanks to Act 89 of 2013, which has provided a dedicated and comprehensive source for funding transportation infrastructure improvement projects throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“SEPTA is the economic engine of our region, and these types of core infrastructure projects are critical as we all move forward together,” said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon Sr. “I would like to thank all of our partners who supported Act 89, and recognized the importance of preserving and improving our transportation network statewide for current and future generations.”
The Secane Station project is one of a number of major upgrades the authority has made recently along the Media/Elwyn Line with Act 89 funding. The line provides a critical link between communities in Delaware County and the region’s two largest employment hubs in Center City Philadelphia and University City.
Prior to Act 89, SEPTA faced the possibility of having to shut down the Media/Elwyn Line, due to long-needed repair-and-replacement work to its unique infrastructure, key portions of which dated back to the late 1800s. However, with the Crum Creek Viaduct replacement project complete – along with rehabilitation of the Darby Creek, Cobbs Creek and Ridley Creek Viaducts, and upgrades to other critical infrastructure, such as the Lenni and Morton power substations, ongoing catenary replacement, and the Southwest Connection Improvement Program – SEPTA and its customers can now look forward to safe, reliable service.
“In less than five years, SEPTA has turned around the trajectory of the Media/Elwyn Line,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. “The Secane Station renewal is indicative of the types of improvements we can deliver for our customers with a dedicated funding source such as Act 89.”
The Secane Station project resulted in a complete renewal of station facilities, including:
- A new station building with canopy
- New high-level platforms that improve accessibility and reduce station dwell times
- Pedestrian tunnel
- Parking facility expansion
- Full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Improved pedestrian access to the station
- New stormwater facilities
The Secane Station project was part of SEPTA’s overall “Rebuilding the System” program, which is addressing long-needed upgrades to infrastructure and fleets throughout the Transit and Regional Rail systems. For more information, visit www.septa.org/rebuilding.