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Plans Announced For SEPTA's Levittown Station

Kristin Geiger
Public Information Manager

"Look around you. Look at this Station - the design of the 1950s has far outlived its usefulness and it's time to make an investment in its future," Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley said.

Lt. Governor Jim Cawley joined SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale "Pat" T. Deon, Sr., SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey, Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, Senator Robert Tomlinson, Senator Charles McIlhinney, Representative John Galloway and other officials to announce multi-million dollar reconstruction plans for Levittown Station. The reconstruction project represents one of many critical improvement projects under SEPTA's renewed "Catching Up" capital improvement program. The Levittown Station Reconstruction Project is moving ahead thanks to state Act 89, the state's new transportation funding bill, which was approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Tom Corbett last fall.

"I used to use this station when I commuted to Temple University in 1986 and nothing makes me happier as a child of Levittown than to see this station rebuilt," Lt. Governor Cawley added.

The much anticipated Levittown Station reconstruction project will transform the station from a 1950s era station into a state of the art intermodal transportation facility, adding modern amenities such as a new station building, high level platforms, pedestrian overpass and reconfigured Fallsington Avenue/Route 13 Expressway station entrance. The station will also be fully Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible and commuters will benefit from a parking increase of approximately 70 spaces. The additional improvements offer many enhancements including landscaping and an array of passenger information upgrades.

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, a longtime supporter of SEPTA projects helped secure federal funding for the project and said, "Public transportation is an important facet of living and working in Bucks County and my constituents increasingly rely on SEPTA to meet their daily transportation needs. This station is part of Levittown's big history and today we are fulfilling the commitment SEPTA and Chairman Deon made."

"The renovation of Levittown Station is an important milestone for SEPTA as we move to address some of our most critical needs, including vital infrastructure upgrades and equipment replacement," Chairman Deon said. "SEPTA is an economic engine for the region and this work is essential to keep us moving forward."

Representative Galloway was born and raised in Levittown and spoke about the significance of the new station and how it is key to the renovation of the area.

"Our front is Route 13 which is being reconstructed. Across the street is the newly rebuilt Levittown Shopping Center, a Lower Bucks County landmark. Together these projects, along with others to come, are making Lower Bucks a fresh and exciting place to raise a family," Galloway said.

Nearly 11,000 riders use the Trenton Line each day, and on an average weekday approximately 1,264 trips begin or end at Levittown Station. Demand on all Regional Rail lines continues to grow.

Nobody is happier to see the station rebuilt than ticket agent Dot Melampy who has been serving customers at the station for over 23 years.

"Many people deserve credit for never giving up and I want to personally thank Pat Deon and the management of SEPTA for making this commitment and stepping up to the plate in difficult economic times and delivering for Lower Bucks County," said Galloway.

SEPTA plans to award contracts for more than $100 million in new capital projects in 2014 alone, including a number of improvements that have been deferred in recent years due to funding constraints. The pace of this work will increase as more funding comes in from Act 89. Within five years, SEPTA projects its annual Capital Budget to exceed $600 million or more than double the $300 million annual amount SEPTA has had available for improvements in each of the last four years.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley along with several federal, state and local officials joined SEPTA to announce plans for the Levittown Train Station.

Representative John Galloway (left), SEPTA Board Chairman Pat Deon (center) and SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey (right) discuss Levittown Station improvements.

A view of Levittown Station's outbound platform is shown above. The reconstruction project will transform the station into a state of the art intermodal transportation facility.