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Another Regional Rail Revitalization

Heather Redfern
SEPTA Press Officer

SEPTA celebrated the completion of its latest Regional Rail station renovations at Croydon Station on October 28. The crisp, clear day brought many residents and community and elected officials out to the festivities, prompting Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley to remark, "The name of the show is wrong. It's Always Sunny in Croydon."

Cawley wasn't just referencing the weather; he was also speaking of the beautiful station and what it means for Croydon and Bristol Township. "Croydon Station is the centerpiece of what SEPTA has done in Bucks County," said SEPTA Board member and Bucks County Commissioner Charles Martin, who also noted that the Authority was recently recognized by the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce for ongoing capital improvements and for using the goods and services of many Bucks County businesses.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator Peter Rogoff -- making his third of four planned visits to SEPTA facilities this year-- remarked how the Croydon renovations, like many other American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funded projects, put hundreds of local residents to work.

The two-year, $19 million Croydon revitalization project received $8.5 million in ARRA funding, with the balance coming from non-ARRA FTA funding that included a 20 percent state and local match.

Improvements include full-level platforms with radiant-heated passenger shelters, new signage, lighting and audio/visual public address system; improved storm detention system; new off-street bus turn-outs and shelters for faster and easier connections between trains and buses; privacy wall on outbound parking lot to benefit local residents; new parking lot and lighting system; and landscaping surrounding the parking area and station.

"Croydon Station is a vital transportation link for Bucks County residents traveling south to Philadelphia and north to Trenton for work, school and to make other rail connections for destinations along the Northeast Corridor," said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon Sr. "It was important for SEPTA to update the station's amenities to provide our customers with a safe, state-of-the-art station to serve all of their mass transit needs."

In addition to the state-of-the-art amenities -- Croydon is the first station in the SEPTA system to contain radiant heating beneath exposed walkways to melt snow and ice -- the facility is now fully compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. "Croydon is the 98th SEPTA station to become ADA accessible," said Cynthia Lister, the Authority's ADA coordinator. "Of the 98, 61 are commuter rail and the remainder is transit rail. With a great deal of money, and even more thought, effort and hard work, SEPTA has achieved a lot in the 21 years since ADA's passage."

The Authority also worked to improve traffic flow in and out of the station's parking lots, realigning the intersection at Cedar Avenue and Route 13 and retiming traffic signals.

"This was an extensive project and we thank the Croydon community for their patience and support over the last two years," said Deon. "The end result is a beautiful, technologically advanced station that is safe for our passengers and for residents who live and drive by the station."

The renovated Croydon Station serves passengers on SEPTA's Trenton Regional Rail line and is a connection point for Bus Route 128.

FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff spoke of how the station projects created many jobs for Bucks County residents.

Administrator Rogoff and SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon cut the ribbon on the renovated station.

SEPTA Advisory Committee for Accessible Transportation members also celebrated the new Croydon Station. Pictured left to right are SEPTA GM Joseph M. Casey, SAC Board member Thaddeus Robinson, SAC and National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania Board member Denice Brown, SAC Vice Chair Patricia Russell, Administrator Rogoff and FTA Region III Administrator Brigid Hynes-Cherin