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From '70s Era Relic to Eco-Friendly: SEPTA Celebrates Rebuilt Fox Chase Station

Before its recent renovations, the Fox Chase Train Station looked every bit like a relic from the 1970s disco hey day and in need of a make-over. Today, the circa-1975 glass enclosed station is a distant memory and the Fox Chase community is celebrating the environmentally-friendly structure that stands in its place.

SEPTA representatives, elected officials and residents of Philadelphia's Fox Chase neighborhood celebrated the rebuilt Fox Chase Station at a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 20. The aesthetically pleasing station, with Fox Chase proudly chiseled in the station's stonework, boasts a new ticket office, canopies, benches and signage and enhancements to ramps, railings and a restroom to further the station's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Even more impressive is that Fox Chase Station is eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-certification. "Fox Chase Station uses less energy than any other SEPTA station," said Jeffrey Knuepple, SEPTA's Chief Engineer and Assistant General Manager.

The United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED certification system recognizes the environmental impact of new building and major renovation projects. The rebuilt Fox Chase Station is eligible for Silver certification in USGBC's "New Construction" category for incorporating many environmentally-friendly features in its design and construction.

For example, adhesives, sealants, paint and coatings used at the station contain little or no volatile organic compounds, which have a negative impact on air quality and respiratory health. The high efficiency plumbing fixtures and faucets reduce potable water use by 100,000 gallons per year and the light-colored surfaces help reflect sunlight to keep surfaces cool. Overall, the station building was designed to use 50 percent less energy than a comparable code-compliant facility.

"We are proud not only to provide the members of the Fox Chase community with a rebuilt station, but also with environmentally-friendly designed train station," said SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey. "Fox Chase Station's LEED eligibility is another example of how 'green' public transportation is."

Fox Chase Station before...

and after.

The new ticket office proudly identifies the station name.

Cutting the ribbon on the new station were Letitia A. Thompson, the Federal Transit Administration's Regional Administrator for Region 3; Matt Braden, president of the Fox Chase Home Owners Association; Pennsylvania State Representative Kevin Boyle; Pennsylvania State Senator Shirley Kitchen; Pennsylvania State Representative Brendan Boyle; and SEPTA GM Joseph Casey.