September 20, 2018
Franklin Square Station on the PATCO Camden Bridge Line opened in 1936 but has been closed since 1979 because of how infrequently it was used. The Delaware River Port Authority has planned for nearly a decade to reopen the station.
And on Thursday, the DRPA offered a look at the latest designs for what will be a noticeable transformation at the historic Philadelphia park.
One of the most frequent questions we receive on social media revolves around the Franklin Square Station and its reopening. The design phase of the station continues! View the latest station concepts and info at https://t.co/c4s6LzMrgD pic.twitter.com/BWkEqwbJ9R— PATCO (@RidePATCO) September 20, 2018
The entrance, planned for Seventh and Race streets, looks a bit space age in its current design, with a metallic exterior and sharp lines, although DRPA told KYW the project is meant to blend in with the park.
In its most recent update, the DRPA’s website says the construction phase of the plan is slated to begin in April 2020, with the completion date set for December 2022, a full 13 years and five months after it announced a desire to re-open the station.
In the end, whenever that finally comes, the project is estimated to cost around $26.4 million.
Here’s a look at the station as it stood in 2016, when it had gone largely untouched since its 1979 closing:
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