Amtrak has partnered with  Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia (PIP)  as the master developer whose responsibility it is to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the station improvements for 50 years as part of a public-private partnership (P3) agreement.  -  Photo: Amtrak

Amtrak has partnered with  Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia (PIP)  as the master developer whose responsibility it is to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the station improvements for 50 years as part of a public-private partnership (P3) agreement.

Photo: Amtrak

Amtrak announced officials gathered on Jan. 19 with federal, state, and local representatives and other community leaders to celebrate the construction kickoff for major renovations at William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.

In 2016, in partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, Amtrak developed a vision to serve as a roadmap for the improvement and development of Gray 30th Street Station and the surrounding district.

This project is part of the first phase of the District Plan.

“This large-scale restoration and renovation project will enhance the station’s functionality and improve the customer experience for Amtrak, SEPTA, and NJ TRANSIT customers while preserving this iconic Philadelphia landmark for future generations,” said Amtrak CFO Tracie Winbigler. “Additionally, this station transformation will improve Market Street Plaza, expand retail offerings, and provide other benefits to the local community.”

Restoration and Renovation Coming to Gray 30th Street Station

Amtrak has partnered with Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia (PIP)  as the master developer whose responsibility it is to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the station improvements for 50 years as part of a public-private partnership (P3) agreement.

Contractors currently performing various portions of its work include Gilbane Building Company as design-build lead, Johnson Controls Inc. for facility operations and maintenance, and Vantage Airport Group for concessions development and management.

The project has an estimated capital construction value of $550 million with elements of the station restoration and renovation including:

  • Modernizing and expanding station food & beverage and retail offerings
  • Improving station operations and enhancing the customer experience
  • Upgrading the Porch landscaping and community amenities
  • Modernizing Amtrak corporate offices
  • Enhancing building infrastructure to achieve and maintain a state of good repair
The project has an estimated capital construction value of $550 million.  -  Photo: Amtrak

The project has an estimated capital construction value of $550 million.

Photo: Amtrak

Investing in the Amtrak Project

PIP equity sponsor, Plenary Americas, LP, will also be investing $2.5 million into a community impact fund dedicated to supporting career development and small business growth aspirations of women, people of color, and individuals of under-represented groups in West Philadelphia and throughout the City.

The first grants will be provided to worker training programs run by the Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council (Samuel Staten Sr. Pre-Apprenticeship Program) and Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (WINC, Women in Non-traditional Careers).

The Enterprise Center will receive a grant to support their ongoing efforts to promote racial and economic equity by providing access to capital to small businesses, and grants will be made to other local small business advocates including the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA/DE/NJ, Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council, and Women Business Enterprise Council East.

Elevator and escalator work will begin in January 2024. Additional construction phases will continue through 2027. The station’s South Concourse closed for major construction on Jan. 1., and is expected to reopen in summer 2025.

Amtrak Hard at Work

The William H. Gray III 30th Street Station construction follows a year of projects for Amtrak.

In August 2023, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Amtrak announced they were replacing a diesel-powered bus with an electric vehicle (EV) on the Amtrak Cascades route.

Shortly after, Amtrak completed a $1.4 million project at the Jefferson City, Mo., station. The Amtrak Missouri River Runner travels between St. Louis and Kansas City with stops in Jefferson City twice daily eastbound and westbound.

In late November, Amtrak, in coordination with NJ TRANSIT, announced it had begun the procurement process for the Sawtooth Bridges Replacement Project.

Replacement of the Sawtooth Bridges is a component of the Gateway Program to preserve and expand the busiest section of the Northeast Corridor (NEC).

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