SEPTA moving ahead with plans for new parking garage at 69th Street

Mike DeNardo
October 18, 2019 - 4:03 pm
SEPTA buses at 69th Street Transportation Center.

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — There will be a change in the routines of some SEPTA bus commuters as plans move forward to build a new parking garage at 69th Street Transportation Center. 

Construction bids went out this week for a $31 million parking garage at the 69th Street Transportation Center.  

SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel says the transit system has lost ridership because there was nowhere for them to park here.

"I think some people have really stayed away in the past because we only have 182 parking spaces here. I call it 'parking roulette,'" he said.

The new garage will have 451 spaces and will include a covered bridge to the terminal. Construction is expected to begin next summer, with completion in about two years. 

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During construction, 5 routes (21, 68, 107, 108, 113) of the 18 bus routes that pass through here will have their stops relocated.  SEPTA is holding open houses to keep commuters in the loop. 

The first one is next Wednesday at 69th Street from 4 to 7 p.m.  

Upper Darby Mayor Tom Micozzie says retailers tell him a lack of parking affects their business.

"There's a point where it just drops off at the end of the day. They believe that there's no parking because the commuters are already here," Micozzie said. 

He expects more business in town after hours, as customers use the garage to shop or attend shows at the Tower Theater.