May 15, 2014

SEPTA breaks ground on $1.4M bus loop reconstruction

SEPTA GM Joseph M. Casey and local officials break ground on the reconstruction of the 23rd and Venango Bus Loop. Photo courtesy SEPTA.

SEPTA GM Joseph M. Casey and local officials break ground on the reconstruction of the 23rd and Venango Bus Loop. Photo courtesy SEPTA.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) broke ground on the reconstruction of the 23rd and Venango Bus Loop in the Allegheny West section of North Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The project will result in the full renovation of a key, but aging, facility for city bus operations.

RELATED: 50 Years of Public Transit Milestones and Memories

"In addition to modern amenities for customers, the completed loop will serve as a grand gateway to the revitalization efforts now underway in this section of North Philadelphia" said SEPTA GM Joseph M. Casey. "SEPTA looks forward to providing the community with a first-class facility."

The $1.4 million to be used for the project will come from savings from funds secured with the assistance of U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah for a separate bus loop project that came in well under budget, according to SEPTA.

SEPTA serves more than 5,000 riders daily from the loop. In addition to neighborhood residents and nearby businesses, it also provides service to the Salvation Army's Kroc Center and the Baker's Center Shopping Complex.

The 10-month project will result in a variety of improvements in and around the facility including:

  • New bus boarding islands, passenger shelters, enhanced lighting, trash cans and recycling bins, and signage. Bike racks will also be installed.
  • Safety enhancements for customers, pedestrians, and motorists using surrounding roads with bus lane and crosswalk striping, new bus driveways, and repaved pedestrian sidewalks.
  • Full accessibility under the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA-related improvements include raised boarding platforms and new curb cuts.
  • New landscaping on the site and its perimeter will improve atmosphere for riders and residents.
deli.cio.us digg it stumble upon newsvine
[ Request More Info about this product / service / company ]


E-NEWSLETTER

Receive the latest Metro E-Newsletters in your inbox!

Join the Metro E-Newsletters and receive the latest news in your e-mail inbox once a week. SIGN UP NOW!

View the latest eNews
Express Tuesday | Express Thursday | University Transit

White Papers

Factors in Transit Bus Ramp Slope and Wheelchair-Seated Passenger Safety Nearly 3 million U.S. adults are wheelchair or scooter users1, and as the population ages this number is expected to rise. Many wheelchair users rely upon public transportation to access work, medical care, school and social activities.

Mass Transit Capital Planning An overview of the world-class best practices for assessing, prioritizing, and funding capital projects to optimize resources and align with the organization’s most critical immediate and long-term goals.

The Benefits of Door-to-Door Service in ADA Complementary Paratransit Many U.S. transit agencies continue to struggle with the quality of ADA service, the costs, and the difficulties encountered in contracting the service, which is the method of choice for a significant majority of agencies. One of the most basic policy decisions an agency must make involves whether to provide door-to-door, or only curb-to-curb service.

More white papers


 
DIGITAL EDITION

The full contents of Metro Magazine on your computer! The digital edition is an exact replica of the print magazine with enhanced search, multimedia and hyperlink features. View the current issue