Sustainably Rebuilding the System at Frontier District

September 21, 2017

SEPTA's "Rebuilding the System" capital improvement initiative is continuing with the overhaul of Frontier District; a major transit facility that is key to providing bus service in Montgomery, Bucks and Chester Counties. The project includes major upgrades to stormwater management and energy efficiency throughout the site.


For the first time ever SEPTA will capture and recycle rainwater, which will be reused to wash buses. The system, which will utilize two 30,000 underground storage tanks, will reduce SEPTA's potable water consumption by approximately one million gallons annually. The project will also include the installation of new drainage systems inside the facility and across the property, designed to decrease water runoff to local waterways, and help prevent erosion and flooding.

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Other improvements that will be made to the Frontier District include:

  • New white roofing and concrete paving areas to reduce the "heat island" effect
  • Added roof insulation and new heating, cooling and ventilation systems will reduce energy use
  • Recycling millings from old asphalt paving
  • Re-grade, level, and repave the site
  • New drive-through snow-melting system to remove snow from the roof of the buses
  • The addition of green space and landscaping along with new fencing along the property entrance
  • The installation of energy efficient LED site lighting was completed this past summer

The project at the Frontier Bus District is moving forward thanks to Pennsylvania Act 89, which provides capital funding for transportation improvements throughout the Commonwealth. Since the passage of Act 89 in November 2013, SEPTA has embarked on long-needed improvements like the Frontier District project across the system to address a more than $5 billion state-of-good-repair backlog. Act 89 has not only allowed SEPTA to begin upgrading critical infrastructure, facilities and replace aging vehicles but it has provided SEPTA with more opportunities to integrate sustainability best practices into system improvement projects. Through SEPTA's efforts it allows for enhanced service for current customers and improves the system and the environment for future generations.