Boyle seeking alternative to replacing 30th Street split-flap sign

Mike DeNardo
January 07, 2019 - 12:12 pm
Information board at 30th Street Station

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Amtrak is planning to replace the split-flap schedule board at 30th Street Station with a digital version, but one local congressman is pushing for an alternative.

With the familiar click-click-click of the schedule board behind him, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle told reporters about a meeting he'd just had with Amtrak officials. He wants Amtrak to press "pause" on its plans to replace the sign with a digital board in the coming weeks, and to consider an option.

"The belief is that in order to come in with ADA compliance, to retrofit this actual sign behind us would be enormously challenging and costly. That's why the idea of recreating a sign that looks
 exactly like the sign behind us and sounds like it but has the modern parts -- it seems to be the direction now that would make the most sense for everybody."

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Mark Kuhn heads the Bridesburg firm Oat Foundry, which makes split-flap boards.

"What we're looking at doing is replacing the sign behind me with one that is update electromechanically, integrates with all of Amtrak's systems to be able to give realtime track data, and it also
 is ADA compliant."

Kuhn says he's meeting with Amtrak on Friday to present his proposal.