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Philadelphia, Pa. – Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator Therese McMillan today attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly modernized Wayne Junction station – a busy transit rail station in suburban Philadelphia’s Nicetown and Germantown neighborhoods that is part of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) system.
“In Philadelphia and across the United States, this Administration is committed to bringing aging transit facilities like SEPTA’s Wayne Junction Station into a state of good repair,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Residents in the Nicetown and Germantown neighborhoods of Philadelphia can now take advantage of a newly modernized rail station that connects people to jobs and education, while encouraging continued growth and transit oriented development.”
Constructed at the turn of the 20th century, the Wayne Junction transit rail station has been a fixture in North Philadelphia since it was opened by the Reading Railroad in 1881. Designed by the renowned architect Frank Furness, the station was rebuilt in 1901 but had fallen into a state of disrepair over its more than 100 years of use. The facility is considered a major transit hub, serving more than 161,011 riders annually via six regional rail lines. Three bus routes connect the station to the surrounding community and the city of Philadelphia.
“The modernization of the Wayne Junction transit rail station makes it more inviting for people to take the train, and that will make these neighborhoods, and others throughout metro Philadelphia, more livable and more sustainable,” said Acting Administrator McMillan. “For residents and businesses in Nicetown, the completion of this project means they will benefit from safer, more accessible and environmentally friendly access to SEPTA transportation services."
The extensive, four-year project began in fall 2011. Renovations included: making the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the construction of new station platforms and new elevators and an ADA compliant egress throughout the station; upgrading power, signal and track infrastructure; restoring passenger tunnels and stairways; and improving passenger amenities including signage, lighting, the Audio Visual Public Announcement (AVPA) system; and new HVAC systems, shelters, canopies and benches.
McMillan participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Congressman Chaka Fattah, State Senator Shirley Kitchen, State Representative Rosita Youngblood and other local elected officials.
The U.S. Department of Transportation contributed $24.6 million toward the construction of the $31.5 million project. Federal funds included $3.9 million through an FTA competitive livability grant, and $17.16 million through FTA’s Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization and 5337 State of Good Repair Programs.