Facade Restoration Work on Philadelphia 30th Street Station Set to Begin

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  • March 30, 2016
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Mike Tolbert

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Work is part of over $90 million investment to upgrade Amtrak’s third busiest station

PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak plans to continue work this spring to restore the facade of Philadelphia 30th Street Station to its former glory. This project is one of several upgrades at the transportation hub completed or now underway to improve the passenger experience, tend to the long-term infrastructure needs of the nearly 100 year-old building and improve pedestrian mobility in and around the facility. These upgrades represent more than $90 million in total capital investment.

“30th Street Station is an iconic fixture in Philadelphia,” said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak vice president of Northeast Corridor infrastructure and investment development. “As stewards of this national historic landmark we are committed to ensuring that the Station maintains its status as a first-class facility for passengers and becomes further integrated into the vital University City neighborhood.”

In late-March, passengers should expect to see additional scaffolding erected around the southwest corner of the building stretching to the northeast corner. This scaffolding will be the support work for Phase I of the facade restoration project that is scheduled to begin in April and completed in October. Already in place is a temporary sidewalk canopy system to keep pedestrians safe and provide a weather-proof area under which to access the station. Some entrances to the building will be temporarily closed and services relocated throughout the construction period, with appropriate signage indicating alternate points of access.

Additionally, Amtrak is planning to repair and restore the station’s portico doors, many of which are original to the 1930s construction of the station. The combined projects are estimated to cost $60 million upon completion.

There will be no disruption or alteration to train service as a result of the construction.

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