DRPA gets update on reopening Franklin Square PATCO station

The project is set to be completed in late 2022.

David Madden
September 20, 2018 - 12:19 pm
Artist rendering of a Franklin Square PATCO station in Center City.

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Commissioners for the Delaware River Port Authority have gotten an update on plans to resurrect the long-closed Franklin Square PATCO station in Center City Philadelphia.

The $26.4 million project is well into the design stage, with plans unveiled for a new entrance to the underground station near 7th and Race streets that lets in a lot of light. It’s also meant to blend in with the park.

"We’ll probably be done design by the end of next year," DRPA Chief Engineer Michael Venuto said, "and then we’ll move into the bid and construction phases. A lot of the work will be done underground. However, we will be building the head house that the public will see as the project progresses."

The station was closed in 1979, but there have been off-and-on efforts to reopen it. This time around, Venuto insists there's no turning back.

"This project is fully funded in our five-year capital plan," he added, "and we continue to apply for grants to offset some of that funding."

The project is set to be completed in late 2022.