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SEPTA Celebrates Stimulus Success at Spring Garden & Girard Stations

Andrew Busch
SEPTA Press Officer

A little over three years ago, SEPTA embarked on ambitious effort - 32 construction projects with $191 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The centerpiece was an overhaul of the Spring Garden and Girard stations on the Broad Street Line, a $30 million project that represented SEPTA's largest stimulus initiative.

It is fitting, then, that SEPTA would conclude its stimulus program with the completion of this project - a feat that was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in late June.

The Spring Garden-Girard project provided the first major overhaul for the stations since they were built during the original construction of the Broad Street Line in the late 1920s. The stations have remained key stops on the subway over the years, and currently serve nearly 10,000 riders a day.

Prior to the project, both stations were showing significant signs of deterioration due to use and age. Now, riders are enjoying a full slate of modern amenities, such as new stairs, turnstiles, floor tiles and enhanced, energy-efficient lighting.

With the installation of elevators and other improvements, both stations are now fully accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"This project represents a major step forward in SEPTA's ongoing effort to improve customer service," said General Manager Joseph M. Casey. "With these renovations, the Spring Garden and Girard stations are now ready to serve a new generation of SEPTA riders."

As with SEPTA's other stimulus projects, work at Spring Garden and Girard provided a boost to the local economy - creating and supporting 507 jobs.

"This is what infrastructure renewal is all about," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter, who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"I'm happy the federal investment is paying off," added U.S Rep. Chaka Fattah.

Long-term economic benefits are also expected, with development in nearby communities aided by the addition of state-of-the-art transit hubs.

Construction work was complimented by a variety of finishing touches, and original artwork as part of the Art In Transit program.

Art in Transit leaves distinct marks on both stations.

At the Spring Garden Station, local artist Margery Amdur's "Six Places in Motion" decorates the platform, allowing SEPTA customers to interact with the piece as they pass through the station.

At Girard Station, Robert Woodward, also a local artist, used glass-like pieces to bring vibrant colors to stairwells and gates - all part of his "Looking Glass" project.

This artwork, and other new materials, have been matched with restored and salvaged materials, such as original subway tiles, to preserve the history of both stations.

SEPTA is receiving wide-spread recognition for the success of the initiative, with the Spring Garden-Girard project named one of the Top 100 ARRA projects.

For information about all of SEPTA's projects completed under the stimulus program, click here.

SEPTA GM Joseph M. Casey speaks during a dedication ceremony for the Spring Garden and Girard stations.

Both stations are fully ADA accessible with elevators and other amenities.

The ribbon is officially cut. SEPTA gathered with officials and dignitaries at the Spring Garden Station on June 27, 2012.

Margery Amdur sits amid her artwork, "Six Places in Motion", located on the platform of the Spring Garden Station.

Robert Woodward stands on a stairwell at the Girard Station where his "Looking Glass" artwork was installed.