Thursday, May 24, 2012

SEPTA celebrates Ryers Station improvements

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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, elected officials, community leaders and other dignitaries gathered to celebrate the completion of a federally-funded, non-stimulus $7.9 million renovation project at Ryers Station.

Situated along SEPTA's Fox Chase Regional Rail Line, Ryers Station is a connection point for bus routes 24, 70 and 77. Approximately 700 trips begin or end at Ryers Station each weekday.

"Ryers Station is a community cornerstone and we thank the community for their patience and support while construction was underway," SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey said. "The station is now a state-of-the-art facility that will provide our customers with a safe, accessible location to meet all of their public transit needs."

To make the station more accessible, a new 240-foot high, level platform, stairway and an Americans with Disabilities ramp were constructed. Additionally, there is new platform seating, lighting, landscaping, signage, canopies, windscreen and upgraded parking facilities. Cameras and emergency call boxes were installed in the platform and parking lot to enhance customer security.

Additional improvements include concrete repairs to the adjacent railroad bridge abutment, painting of adjacent railroad bridge and sidewalk installation.

Ryers Station renovations began in Fall 2010 and lasted approximately 18 months. The existing station was fully operational during construction. All work was completed by a combination of SEPTA employees and third party contractors.

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