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With Much Fanfare, SEPTA Moves Forward on Long-Needed Improvements

SEPTA marked progress on two long-needed improvement projects during celebrations with dignitaries, local officials and members of the community.

With the assistance of two competitive grants from the Federal Transit Adminstration, SEPTA is moving forward with renovations to the Wayne Junction Station and a new location and facility for the Parkside Bus Loop.

"If we're going to hold onto riders and attract new riders, we need to reinvest in our core assets," FTA Administrator Peter M. Rogoff said during an April 28, 2011 visit to Wayne Junction Station. Rogoff stopped by to present SEPTA with a $3.98 FTA competitive livability grant for the station renovation project.

The 110-year-old station - a candidate for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places - is a critical part of the transit system, and a centerpiece of the Germantown/Nicetown community. Unfortunately, it has fallen into a state of disrepair, and SEPTA's renovation plans have been delayed due to funding cuts. Now, however, thanks in part to help from the FTA, this transit hub will be restored to its former glory - with the addition of modern customer amenities - under an extensive $30 million overhaul project.

"It is a happy day!" said Pennsylvania State Senator Shirley Kitchen, whose district includes Wayne Junction Station.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah noted the project's importance to the community: "This project is smart use of our federal dollars for infrastructure, job creation and improving mass transit that is so critical to Philadelphia and our other major urban areas."

SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey expressed a similar vision for the new Wayne Junction Station. "We hope that the project will serve as a catalyst for further community revitalization in the area surrounding Wayne Junction Station," Casey said.

Fattah also joined SEPTA on April 26, 2011 to break ground on the Parkside Bus Loop Relocation Project. Like Wayne Junction Station, the Parkside Loop initiative is moving forward with help from the FTA.

SEPTA received a $2.2 million competitive FTA grant for the loop project, which will result in a new, state-of-the-art facility on North 50th Street.

While only a short distance from the current facility, the new loop's location represents a major step forward for SEPTA and the community. It will be located near the heart of recent development, including the Park West Town Center, and will bring safety enhancements by improving traffic flow around the loop, which serves bus routes 40, 43, 64 and 52.

SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey (center) speaks at the Wayne Junction Station event. Surrounding him, left to right: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah; FTA Administrator Peter M. Rogoff; Pennsylvania State Senator Shirley Kitchen.

The ceiling at Wayne Junction Station shows the facility's age and condition.

The official FTA check presentation.

Rogoff tours Wayne Junction Station.

Groundbreaking at the new Parkside Bus Loop. Left to right: Jay Juffre, President, Business Association of West Parkside; Miller Parker, Treasurer, Business Association of West Parkside; Letitia Thompson, FTA Region 3 Administrator; Marjorie Ogilvie, Former President, Business Association of West Parkside; U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah; Lucinda Hudson, President, Parkside Association of Philadelphia; Joseph M. Casey, SEPTA General Manager; Samantha Williams, Staffer for City Councilman Curtis Jones.