The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced that elected officials and other stakeholders gathered to break ground on the new Wissahickon Transportation Center, which will enhance the customer experience at the bus station on Ridge Avenue.
“This state-of-the-art transit hub will make bus service more convenient and reliable for the thousands of people in northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods who depend on buses to get to work, school, and other activities,” said Pasquale T. Deon Sr., SEPTA Board chairman.
What the Transit Center Means for SEPTA
This project allows SEPTA to expand the existing Wissahickon Transportation Center – improving operations, safety, and accessibility.
It includes the construction of ADA-compliant boarding areas, new signage, and weather protection.
The new facility will also improve connections for riders, and provide better amenities for bus operators, such as restrooms and break rooms.
“With approximately 7,200 pre-COVID daily passenger trips, this facility has more daily activity than all but one non-Center City Regional Rail station,” said Leslie S. Richards, SEPTA GM/CEO. “SEPTA’s bus network has experienced the largest rebound across all modes – with bus ridership reaching 70% of pre-COVID levels. As we continue to recover from the pandemic, the new Wissahickon Transportation Center will play an important role in SEPTA’s ongoing Bus Revolution.”
Construction on the approximately $45 million project is expected to be completed in 2025. The work will be phased to minimize the disruption to bus service, as well as vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.
The current Wissahickon Transportation Center will remain open while the new facility is being built.