SEPTA has been awarded a total of $1.2 million through two competitive federal grants, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced.. The grants will be made through the FTA Safety Research and Demonstration Program and the FTA Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) program. The awards will help fund the installation of automated right-of-way worker protection technology and the planning and design of future complete streets concepts for the Grays Avenue corridor.
SEPTA will receive $742,000 through the FTA Safety Research and Demonstration Program to fund the installation of a work zone block system on the Broad Street Subway Line, Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated Line, and Norristown High Speed Line. This automated employee protection technology is designed to prevent trains from being inadvertently routed into work areas where track personnel and first responders are working. A key feature of the system allows track workers in the field to control the application and removal of work zone blocks, providing safety redundancy and further decreasing the risk of work zone incursions.
FTA’s HOPE Program supports planning initiatives to improve transit service in areas of persistent poverty to help residents access jobs and vital community services. Developed in partnership with the City of Philadelphia, SEPTA’s Grays Avenue Corridor Improvement Project was one of 25 projects nationwide to be selected to receive funding through the HOPE Program. The $495,000 in grant funding will help SEPTA fund planning and design of complete streets concepts for future trolley stations, bikeway, intersections, streetscape, striping, and stormwater management improvements along the Grays Avenue corridor from 49th St. and Woodland Ave. to the where 56th St. intersects with Lindbergh Blvd. and Elmwood Ave. The grant will enable further work on the design and consolidation of existing plans for the area.
-via Press Release