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Ribbon is Cut on Allen Lane Station

There was more than just the beautiful weather to celebrate on May 6. SEPTA officials, joined by elected officials and Mount Airy community leaders and residents, also marked the end of the two-year improvements projects at the Allen Lane Regional Rail Station with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

To get the day off to a good start and to thank commuters for their patience and support during the construction, SEPTA provided free coffee from High Point Cafe, which is located at the station.

Allen Lane Station has held a place of importance in the neighborhood since 1885, when it was opened by the Pennsylvania Railroad's Chestnut Hill Branch, connecting suburban commuters to Philadelphia. The challenge of SEPTA's renovation project was to make Allen Lane fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and incorporate 21st century technology while maintaining the station's 19th century character.

The project included reconstructing the station's historic canopies and shelters and restoring the pedestrian bridge, which opened in 1912, as well as installing new accessible ramps and high level platforms, improving site drainage, upgrading lighting and installing new signage and an Audio-Visual Public Address system.

Community leaders and representatives from elected officials' offices joined SEPTA GM Joe Casey and U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah for the ribbon cutting.

The Allen Lane Station pedestrian bridge, built in 1912, was restored as part of the renovations.

Steven Stroiman, President of the Mount Airy-Nippon-Bryan Cresheim Town Watch, and SEPTA GM Joe Casey spoke at the ceremony.

Passengers enjoyed coffee from the High Point Cafe, courtesy of SEPTA.