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SEPTA Breaks Ground on 40th Street Station ADA Accessibility Project

Improvements Include the Installation of Two Street-to-Platform Elevators

November 02, 2015

SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel today joined with state and city elected officials, disability advocates and West Philadelphia community and business leaders to break ground on ADA accessibility improvements at SEPTA's 40th Street Market Frankford Line Station that includes the installation of two elevators to be constructed on the northwest and southeast corners of 40th and Market Streets. In addition to the two new elevators, the $7.4 million construction project includes four new head house entrances and overall station improvements.

"40th Street Station is a critical transit hub in West Philadelphia, providing important links for SEPTA's customers to the growing residential, educational, and medical campuses of University City,' said Knueppel. "These elevators will provide full ADA accessibility for this busy transit station, making overall station improvements that will benefit all riders."

When installed, the elevators will provide direct access from the street to the subway level fare line, streamlining service to and from the station. The elevators will feature sleek, stainless steel and glass finishes and have been designed to take up only a minimum of space on the narrow sidewalk corridor. Elevator construction will be complemented by the installation of four modern head house entrances to the station on each corner. They will also feature new lighting, gates, and enhanced signage.

While contractors are installing the new elevators and head houses, SEPTA's in-house construction forces will perform work on the station's platforms. The Project includes structural and concrete repairs, upgrades to the station's mechanical and electrical systems, and improvements to employee facilities.

"In addition to the accessibility enhancements, all users will benefit from the modernization improvements to be made at the station," Knueppel said.

Serving nearly 6,000 riders each weekday, 40th Street Station provides connections to SEPTA Bus Routes 30, 40, and LUCY.

This project is part of SEPTA's "Rebuilding for the Future" campaign to reinvest in and rebuild the system to provide safe, reliable service while enhancing the travel experience for current and future customers. To learn more visit www.septa.org/rebuilding.