Friday, May 17, 2013

SEPTA Primos Station rehab completed

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Primos Station in the Clifton Heights neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pa., has reopened after being modernized and rehabilitated.

"All across the United States, this administration is committed to bringing aging transit facilities like SEPTA's Primos Station into a state of good repair," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Investing in our nation's public transportation infrastructure improves access to jobs, reduces congestion on our roadways and keeps our economy moving forward."

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provided approximately $5.2 million toward the $8.3-million project. The remaining funds were provided by state and local government. The station, which hosts roughly 700 rail transit trips each week day, is served by SEPTA's Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line.

Improvements include a new inbound station building with ticket office and waiting area, new high-level accessible platforms and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant stairways and ramps with handrails and guard rails. Other improvements include a modern passenger shelter, n bike racks and platform lighting and signage. The project also expands an existing parking lot adjacent to the station along Secane Avenue, which will add 55 new parking spaces upon completion later this summer.

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