ARRA to fund two SEPTA station renovations

Posted on August 13, 2009

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) started renovations to the Girard and Spring Garden stations on the Broad Street Subway – the transit agency’s largest project funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.


The $25 million project represents the first modernization for the Girard and Spring Garden stations since original construction in the late 1920s.


More than 200 jobs are being created by the Girard-Spring Garden project, including nearly 100 in construction, and more than 100 support positions with contractors and suppliers.


Girard and Spring Garden are two of the busiest stations on the Broad Street Subway and, combined, serve more than 10,000 riders each day. They are also among the original stops on the line, which began service in 1928, running from Olney Avenue to City Hall.


Improvements at the stations include new elevators, stairs, cashier lines, concrete restoration, column repairs and concrete restoration. There will also be new tiling and artwork, along with new power, lighting, signage and fire alarm systems. SEPTA will also install new systems for customer communications. The modernized facilities will be fully ADA compliant. Both stations will remain open during construction, with no disruption to customers or service on the Broad Street Line.


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