SEPTA receives $15 million federal grant for 30th Street Station improvements

Paul Kurtz
December 08, 2018 - 4:00 am
A rendering of the renovations set for 30th Street Station.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA is celebrating being awarded a $15 million federal grant for improvements and renovations to 30th Street Station. 

SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel said this grant, along with additional funding, will allow construction to begin next year on a number of 30th Street-related projects.   

"The $15 million that we've won will be combined with $2 million from Brandywine Realty, $21 million from SEPTA, so you have a $37 million pot of money to basically make sure that the station can carry increased riders," he explained.

Commuters eventually will have access to more elevators and escalators, widened platforms, more bike parking, and a new glass headhouse at nearby Drexel Square, which is still being built, plus a canopy and new granite stairs and ramps.

A rendering of the renovations set for 30th Street Station showcasing the new canopy and Drexel Square.
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"You got a lot of things going on at this location," Knueppel said. "Right now Drexel Square is being built there so we just want to keep up and we want to make sure that we can support economic growth."

The expansion will also accommodate the increase in ridership that's expected to come with the development of the big Schuylkill Yards project next door to Drexel University.

A rendering of the renovations set for 30th Street Station showcasing the new canopy and station entrance.
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"Construction should start in 2019," Knueppel said. "It'll probably take us about a year-and-a-half to two years to finish."

The Department of Transportation grant was the result of a local bipartisan congressional push led by Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey.