City officials gathered with SEPTA Monday to share news of the completed reconstruction of 15th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line.
The 15th Street Station, which is the most heavily used station in the transit system, is now fully modernized and is the 26th station on the Market-Frankford Line to become ADA accessible. The project is part of the overall reconstruction of Philadelphia City Hall and the 15th Street Station complex.
“SEPTA is vital to our city’s growth and prosperity,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “Its robust transportation system connects Philadelphians from every corner of our city to jobs, medical care, and services, as well as our entertainment district and business corridors.”
Thousands of riders use 15th Street Station every day for travel on the Market-Frankford Line, for free transfers to the Broad Street Line and five trolley routes, and for connection to all 13 regional rail lines and numerous bus routes.
SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel said in a press release that, “The reconstruction of 15th Street Station is another example of the important infrastructure enhancements SEPTA is making for our customers, as well as the City and region.”
Knueppel added that “With funding from Act 89, we are making investments that not only improve mobility and enhance access but also build communities and support regional economic growth. This project is revitalizing a critical station complex, and we look forward to delivering more improvements here in the near future.”
Specific improvements to the 15th Street Station include:
• New elevators that provide accessibility from street level to station platforms
• Reconstructed fare lines and platforms to improve passenger flow
• New lighting, finishes and other amenities to enhance the customer experience
• Art-in-Transit installation by renowned Philadelphia artist Ray King