SEPTA Awarded Federal Grant To Support Station Accessibility Commitment

SEPTA has been awarded $56,050,000 in federal funding to improve station accessibility on its Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and members of Pennsylvania’s southeast Congressional delegation announced. The funding is the first grant awarded through the FTA’s All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP), which was created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed into law last November.

ASAP grant funding will allow SEPTA to construct accessibility improvements at five Broad Street Line Stations – Chinatown, Erie, Fairmount, Fairmount (Broad-Ridge Spur) and Snyder – and 11th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line, which were all built at least 50 years before the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The stations are currently only accessible via stairs, preventing individuals with disabilities that require the use of a mobility device, people with strollers or anyone who is physically unable to use stairs from traveling to and from these destinations.

Currently, 25 of 28 Market-Frankford Line Stations and 12 of 25 Broad Street Line Stations are fully accessible, and SEPTA’s 12-year Capital Program includes SEPTA’s commitment to make both lines fully accessible by 2034. Following the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, SEPTA amended its FY 2022 capital budget to initiate design on nine Broad Street Line station accessibility projects to be better positioned for funding opportunities and accelerate construction timelines.

With funding, SEPTA will bring all six stations into full compliance with the ADA. Each station will be retrofitted with elevators to take customers between street level, and station mezzanines and boarding platforms. Additional accessibility enhancements will include the construction of ADA-compliant ramps, curb and sidewalk modifications, the creation of accessible paths of travel, and the reconfiguration of cashier booths to ensure that each station is fully accessible.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: December 20, 2022