SEPTA representatives gathered today with elected officials, community leaders and other dignitaries to celebrate the completion of Secane Station Parking Improvements.
Situated along the Authority’s Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line, Secane Station is an important transit hub. Nearly 11,000 riders use the Media/Elwyn Line each day, and demand for parking continues to grow. Secane Station also serves as a connection point for SEPTA’s Route 107 Bus.
As part of an Authority-wide initiative to address growing Regional Rail Ridership, the Parking Improvement Project included the construction of a new parking lot, increasing the total number of spaces from 40 to 100. The parking improvement project, which represents Phase I of the Secane Station Reconstruction Project, also reconfigured the station entrance and improved stormwater facilities and landscaping.
“This project represents one of many critical infrastructure improvements under SEPTA’s ‘Rebuilding for the Future’ capital improvement program funded with resources from Act 89, the state’s comprehensive transportation funding bill,” SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey said. “Representative Nick Micozzie was especially helpful as he led the charge in the House to help make the passage of Act 89 a reality.”
During the commemoration ceremony, officials unveiled a ‘Nick Micozzie Way’ sign to honor the former Chairman of the House Transportation Committee’s efforts to secure transportation funding. Located in the heart of the district, the sign will hang prominently in the Secane Station lot for years to come.
Phase II construction, slated to begin in the fall of 2015, will completely modernize the 144 year-old station. Originally built in 1871, planned improvements include; construction of a new station building with waiting room and restrooms; refurbishing the exterior of the existing historic station building; new high level platforms with canopies and passenger shelters; construction of a new pedestrian tunnel; and new energy efficient lighting, signage and station amenities. Pedestrian access to Bishop Avenue and crosswalks will also be upgraded. When complete the station will be fully Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible.
For more information about SEPTA Rebuilding for the Future projects, visit: http://www.septa.org/rebuilding/