June 16, 2016
Thirtieth Street Station as we know it will undergo a transformational renovation in the coming decades, bringing a raft of new amenities and neighborhood improvements outlined Thursday in a final plan presented by SEPTA, Amtrak, PennDOT, Drexel University, and Brandywine Realty Trust.
First introduced in March, the Philadelphia 30th Street District Plan encompasses an ambitious development framework that will leverage the station's vital role in regional transportation and augment the surrounding area's status as a connected destination in west Center City.
After a series of five open houses, partners in the initiative together released a report with a multi-decade timeline of projects amounting to $2 billion in public investment and $8 billion in private investment. That includes the $3.5 billion Schuylkill Yards partnership between Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust announced earlier this year.
Here's a quick rundown of what's in store over seven phases of the plan's projected timeline:
2016-2020: Completion of Regional Rail East Mezzanine Access, a $5 million renovation that will increase passenger access and reduce congestion at the station. Early station plaza upgrades for public realm improvement.
2021: Connection to SEPTA Market-Frankford Line and trolleys
2024: I-76 ramp realignment
2025: Intercity Bus Terminal
2026: North Station Concourse
2027: Mantua Greenway Improvements
2028: Completion of Station Plaza
2030: Beginning of first Railyard Development
2032: 31st Street Pedestrian Bridge
2033: Completion of Schuylkill Yards
2035: Race Street Pedestrian Bridge
2036: Race Street River Crossing
2040: Drexel Park Expansion
2041: Pearl Street River Crossing
2042: West Bank Trail
2043: Arch Street Transportation Center + Tower
2045: Schuylkill Bluffs Park
2050: Railyard Development Complete
Detailed explanations and visual renderings of each project can be found in the final report, which also outlines the overall goals of livability and sustainability embraced by the plan's various stakeholders
For a general overview and reaction to the plan from city leaders, you can check out the video below.