Bus

Gannett Fleming completes Pa. rail station rehab

Posted on April 18, 2013

A dilapidated downtown Reading, Pa., rail station has found new life as a bus facility after undergoing a significant restoration and transformation led by Gannett Fleming and Sowinski Sullivan Architects.

The Franklin Street Station, which served as the main station for the Reading Railroad Co. starting in 1929, saw its last train depart in 1981 and stood in disrepair for more than three decades.

The dirty stone walls were marked with graffiti; the windows were broken; and the original concrete platform, walkways, and paving were cracked and broken. Inside, the leaking roof damaged the ornate plaster ceiling, walls and cornices, and the building had become a refuge for pigeons. All electrical and mechanical systems were in need of replacement.

In an effort to salvage the building and convert the site into an intermodal facility, the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority acquired the property. Gannett Fleming was selected as project engineers to team with prime consultant Sowinski Sullivan Architects to lead the transformation.

The pigeons were ousted, and the grandeur was restored to give travelers modern comfort and convenience, while still maintaining the historic feel of the original station building. The tall windows, terra-cotta walls, terrazzo flooring, iron designs around windows and the wall clock, all originals, are now thoroughly cleaned and restored.

Gannett Fleming performed surveys for the design, transit studies, planning, project management and construction phase services for the project’s structural, electrical, lighting, telecommunications, mechanical, and site development engineering and landscaping.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

L.A. Metro opens new 'green' bus facility

Division 13 will serve as a bus maintenance, operations and service facility with a multi-level parking garage that accommodates 200 CNG buses, fueling equipment, transportation offices and support areas.

Starcraft Bus named Ford's top volume pool account for 10th year

The company has purchased and sold more Ford E-Series chassis than any other bus manufacturer in North America since 2006.

Cummins announces new 'SmartEfficiency' initiative

The product improvement plan focuses on improved fuel efficiency, lower total cost of ownership and improved uptime.

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi sensing from mobile devices may help improve bus service

University of Washington researchers have developed an inexpensive system that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals from passengers’ mobile phones and devices to collect better data about where bus riders get on and off, how many people use a given stop and even how long they wait to transfer to another bus.

'Off route' Calif. bus driver runs double-decker into bridge

According to the agency transit manager, the driver “got off route” and drove under the bridge, though why is still under investigation. The bus was out-of-service and had no passengers at the time.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close