SEPTA Capital Improvements in
the City of Philadelphia
North Philadelphia Transportation Center – Construction of new Fairmount Substation
New Headhouse Street Entrance at Glenwood
Hybrid (Diesel/Electric) Bus New Guideway between 62nd and 63rd
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Projects in Progress
MARKET-FRANKFORD LINE PROJECTS
Frankford Elevated Stations: 6
Margaret-Orthodox Station Rehabilitation
Market Street Elevated Projects: 7
Station Equipment Buildings
Foundations & Ductbank
Cobbs Creek Guideway (Including 63rd Street and Millbourne Stations)
East & West Guideway
46th, 52nd, 56th, and 60th Street Stations
MFSE Stations and Other Improvements: 8
BROAD STREET SUBWAY PROJECTS
City Hall Station Renovations 9
Girard and Spring Garden Stations Renovations 10
Infrastructure Safety Renewal Program – BSS Improvements 10
North Philadelphia Transportation Center 11
Allegheny ADA Improvements 11
BUS VEHICLE ACQUISITION
Bus Purchase Program For FY 2008 through FY 2011 12
Trackless Trolley Acquisition 13
CITY TRANSIT DIVISION PROJECTS
Green Line Improvements Project 14
Woodland Avenue Street Track Renewal 14
Trolley Wire Replacement Program 14
Green Line Portals Roof Replacement 14
Escalator/ Elevator Replacement Program 15
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CCT Communications System / Control Center 16
Paratransit Vehicle Acquisition FY 2009 16
REGIONAL RAIL PROJECTS
Stairway Renewal Program 17
Intertrack Fencing Program 17
Critical Catenary Structure Rehabilitation 17
Regional Rail Signal System Modernization 17
Regional Rail Substation Improvements 18
Allen Lane Phase II and Queen Lane Stations 19
Wayne Junction Station 19
Fox Chase Branch High Level Platform Program 20
Bridges and Infrastructure:
Bridge Rehabilitation Program 21
Chestnut Hill West Bridge 0.35 Rehabilitation 21
R5 Paoli Line Improvements 22
Amtrak “K” Interlocking Transfer Project 22
VEHICLE ACQUISITION & REHABILITATION
Purchase 120 Silverliner V Cars 23
Vehicle Overhaul Program 24
CUSTOMER SERVICE PROJECTS
Interactive Voice Response System 25
New Payment Technologies 25
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Projects Recently Completed
MARKET-FRANKFORD LINE PROJECTS
MFSE Stations and Other Improvements:
Automatic Train Control 27
30th Street Station ADA Improvements 27
69th Street Shop & Yard 27
Multi-Modal Traction Power Substations 27
Berks, Church, Huntingdon Stations 28
8th Street Station and 13th Street Station ADA Improvements 29
Frankford Transportation Center:
Bridge Street Yard Trackwork 30
Bus Depot & Pratt Building 30
Parking Garage 30
Terminal & Site 30
BROAD STREET SUBWAY PROJECTS
York, Callowhill and Arch Sump Pump Replacement 31
BSS Signal System Modernization 31
Walnut-Locust Station Renovation 32
Infrastructure Safety Renewal Program – BSS Improvements 33
BUS VEHICLE AND COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION
Purchase 40-Foot Buses (For CY 2004 through CY 2006) 35
Alternative Fuel Buses 35
Purchase 30-Foot Buses 35
Purchase 60-Foot Buses 36
Purchase 40-Foot Buses (For CY 2001 through CY 2003) 36
Computer Aided Radio Dispatch System 36
CITY TRANSIT DIVISION PROJECTS
Girard Avenue Light Rail Projects:
Rail Rolling Stock Rehabilitation (PCC Trolley) 37
Girard Avenue Light Rail Infrastructure 37
Transit First Initiatives:
Route 15 Transit First 38
Route 10 Transit First 38
Route 52 Transit First 38
Street Track Renewal Projects:
Woodland Avenue and Lindbergh Boulevard 39
OTHER CITY TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
Allegheny Garage Roof 40
Berridge Shop 40
Fern Rock Roof 40
Wissahickon Transportation Center 40
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REGIONAL RAIL PROJECTS
Suburban Station 41
Allen Lane Phase I 42
Amtrak 30th Street Station 42
Overbrook Station 42
Communications and Safety:
Audio Visual Equipment at Key Stations 43
Regional Rail Control Center 43
Bridges and Infrastructure:
Chestnut Hill East Interlocking Improvement Project 44
Fox Chase Line Resignalization for the SEPTA / CSX Separation 44
30th Street to Suburban Station Catenary Improvements 44
Wayne Junction to Glenside Track and Signals 44
OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
Wayne Junction Shop Roof 45
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
MARKET FRANKFORD LINE
FRANKFORD ELEVATED STATIONS
Margaret-Orthodox Station Rehabilitation ($27,894,325) (MPMS #60271)
This project will provide for the design and construction of ADA Improvements to the Margaret-Orthodox
Subway Station, including the repair or replacement of deteriorated civil, structural, architectural,
mechanical and electrical elements. An elevator will be installed from street to platform level at the
westbound elevated station, and two elevators will be installed from the platform to the east overpass in
the elevated station. In addition, new lighting, signage, ramping, and sidewalks will be installed. On May
22, 2008, the SEPTA Board awarded a design contract to Parsons Transportation Group. The Notice to
Proceed for design was issued on July 22, 2008. SEPTA is reviewing the 15% design package, which was
submitted in October 2008.
Existing Margaret-Orthodox Station on Market-
Frankford Subway Elevated Line
MARKET STREET ELEVATED LINE PROJECTS
Market Street Elevated Reconstruction Program ($710,000,000) (MPMS #60281)
The Market Street Elevated portion of the Market-Frankford
Subway Elevated Line operates above Market Street from
the vicinity of 45th Street in Philadelphia to the western
abutment near Millbourne Station in Millbourne Borough,
Delaware County. The Market Street Elevated is a two
track, heavy rail guideway supported by recurring structural
steel bents totaling approximately 11,000 feet in length.
The Market Street Elevated was opened for service in 1907
and recently celebrated its 100th year of operation.
The Market Street Elevated Reconstruction Program
provides for the complete reconstruction of the Market
Street Elevated superstructure, sub-structure and
foundations, and the rehabilitation of abutments and
bearings. This project also provides for the complete reconstruction of passenger stations located at 46th,
52nd, 56th, 60th, 63rd Streets and Millbourne Station. All stations will comply with the requirements of the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
With the exception of station areas, the elevated guideway will be supported by a single column support
system. The new support system offers benefits to SEPTA and the community including: 1) Reduction in
maintenance costs resulting from a structure with fewer columns and a high restraint direct fixation
system; 2) Improved lighting and aesthetics of West Market Street; and 3) Enhanced pedestrian safety,
as passengers will no longer be required to cross traffic to board buses. In addition, this construction
effort will complement and assist in the City’s Streetscape Plan, which proposes to convert Market Street
into a two-lane road with bike lanes.
Project elements completed include the construction of buildings at 52nd and Market Streets and at 63rd
and Market Streets to house Automatic Train Control equipment and the installation of foundations and
pedestals for the new elevated guideway. The new 56th Street and 60th Street Stations were opened for
customer use in February 2006 and June 2007, respectively. In April 2008, the new 52nd Street Station
reached completion, and the new 46th Street Station was opened for full customer service. In June 2008,
the new Millbourne Station reached completion and was opened for customer service. The final station
at 63rd Street was closed for reconstruction and is scheduled to re-open in June 2009. As of August
2008, all 166 new elevated guideway spans were erected. Substantial completion of the elevated
guideway is scheduled for December 2008.
52nd Street Station – Opened April 2008 46th Street Station – Opened April 2008
SMART Stations ($90,000,000) (MPMS# 70691)
This project consists of an amalgam of elements designed to improve passenger safety, security,
communications and the station environment. The Smart Stations project combines improvements such
as modern fire detection and reporting equipment; chemical and wet fire suppression systems in certain
areas; security systems, including emergency lighting, intrusion and robbery alarms, CCTV surveillance;
audio-visual public address system; emergency exits; platform emergency phones and expanded
maintenance alarm systems. In addition, station lighting improvements will be undertaken at selected
As a pilot location, Cecil B. Moore Station on the Broad Street Line underwent Smart Stations
improvements. In advance of the Smart Stations project, the Fiber Optic Platform Project will improve,
upgrade and modernize the communications facilities at stations by enlarging and modernizing
communications rooms and installing new communications multiplexing equipment and associated
systems. These communications enhancements are necessary to provide a state-of-the-art infrastructure
to support the Smart Stations project, as well as other communications improvements.
The Smart Stations project will be implemented in 2 phases and will encompass all Market-Frankford,
Broad Street Subway and Subway/Surface Lines stations.
Phase 1 includes the following twenty-one stations:
− Market-Frankford Line: 2nd, 11th, 15th, 34th, 40th, and 69th Street Stations
− Broad Street Line: Fern Rock, Olney, Erie, Susquehanna-Dauphin, Allegheny, Tasker-Morris,
Snyder and Pattison Stations
− Subway-Surface Lines: 15th, 19th, 22nd, 33rd, 36th, 37th and 40th Street Stations
The SEPTA Board, at its June 22, 2006 meeting, awarded the construction contract for Phase 1 to
Rockport Construction Company, for general construction services; to Suppression Systems, for fire
protection construction services; and to The Fairfield Company for systems integrator construction
services. Substantial completion of Phase 1 is anticipated for February 2009.
Phase 2 includes the following thirty-six stations:
− Market-Frankford Line: Frankford Transportation Center, Church, Erie-Torresdale, Tioga,
Allegheny, Somerset, Huntingdon, York-Dauphin, Berks, Girard, Spring Garden, 8th Street, 13th
Street, 15th Street (cameras only), 30th Street, 46th Street, 52nd Street, 56th Street, 60th
Street, 63rd Street and Millbourne Stations
− Broad Street Line: Logan, Wyoming, Hunting Park, North Philadelphia, Fairmount, Race-Vine,
Walnut-Locust, Lombard-South, Ellsworth-Federal, Oregon, Fairmount-Ridge, Chinatown-Ridge
and 8th Street-Ridge Stations
− Subway-Surface Lines: Juniper and 30th Street Stations
The SEPTA Board, at its April 24, 2008 meeting, awarded the construction contract for Phase 2 to
Rockport Construction Company, for general construction services; to Fire Protection Industries, Inc., for
fire protection mechanical construction services; and to The Fairfield Company for systems integrator
construction services. Work is underway, with substantial completion anticipated for October 2011.
BROAD STREET SUBWAY
City Hall Station Renovations ($100,000,000) (MPMS #60335)
This project will provide for renovation of the City Hall Station on the Broad Street Subway Line. City Hall
Station is the transfer point between the Broad Street Subway Line, Market Frankford Line, Subway-
Surface Lines and Regional Rail Lines and serves 66,506 passengers on a daily basis. Opened in 1928,
the station has deteriorated over the years and is in need of repair. In addition, the station requires
accessibility improvements to meet ADA standards, as well as passenger amenity improvements and
aesthetic enhancements to uplift its overall appearance. The design phase will begin upon execution of
the Memorandum of Understanding between SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia.
Preliminary and final design for this project will focus on the following items for City Hall Station:
New entrance in Dilworth Plaza, including elevators.
Elevator accessibility from street level to the platforms of the Broad Street and Market-Frankford
Modification of the fare collection facility on the lower concourse level.
More open space at platform level.
Straightening and widening of passageways.
New architectural finishes, lighting and signage.
Mechanical and natural ventilation in re-opened shafts.
Modifications to 15th Street, including elevators, platform raising, and fare collection facilities.
Prevention/interception of water infiltration/inflow.
Artist Rendering of Platform Level
Existing City Hall Station Platform
Girard and Spring Garden Broad Street Subway Stations Renovations
($37,000,000) (MPMS #60555)
This project will provide for engineering and construction improvements to the Girard and Spring Garden
Stations on the Broad Street Subway Line. These stations were originally constructed between 1928 and
1932 and are showing signs of disrepair and deterioration due to their age and use. Station elements to
be improved by this project include lighting; wall, floor and ceiling finishes; passenger amenities;
signage; passenger control and cashier facilities; platform tactile warning strips; audio-visual public
address system; and the installation of elevators. Materials installed at these stations will be easy to
maintain, have a long life expectancy, and possess vandal resistant qualities. These improvements will
convert the stations into modern, attractive, well-illuminated, functional and secure transit facilities. The
design phases for both Girard and Spring Garden Stations are in progress and scheduled for completion
in May 2009, with construction anticipated to begin in Fall 2009.
Existing Conditions at Spring
Infrastructure Safety Renewal Program – Broad Street Subway Line Station Renewal
SEPTA’s in-house workforce is, or will be advancing numerous improvements on the Broad Street Subway
Line at selected stations. This phase of the project provides for improvements at Logan Station, including
renewal of the floor tile on both the northbound and southbound platforms, rehabilitation of four street
level entrances, and cashier booth and fareline improvements. Construction is underway, with
completion anticipated for November 2009. Improvements, including the replacement of platform tiles
and the construction of new cashier booths and fareline, are planned for Wyoming Station as part of a
future phase of this project.
North Philadelphia Transportation Center ($24,175,000) (TIP #S030)
The Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue area of North Philadelphia is served by several SEPTA routes
including the R5, R6, R7, R8, the Broad Street Subway, and Transit Routes C and 54. This project will
include renovations to the Broad Street Subway Station; new transit facilities at street level including
signage and lighting; accessibility improvements at the intersection of Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue
including a new elevator and escalator; and accessibility improvements to Broad Street and Glenwood
Avenue including connections to Amtrak’s North Philadelphia Station. Construction contracts were
awarded to Crossing Construction Co. (GC), Ray Angelini, Inc. (EC) and John J. Bee, Inc. (MC) in April
2005. The street level headhouses for the escalator, stairs, and elevator have all been installed. Work is
expected to be substantially complete by March 2009.
Platform at North Philadelphia New Headhouse Street Entrance at
Station Glenwood Avenue
Allegheny Station ADA Improvements ($5,680,000)
This project will provide for the engineering, design and construction of two ADA accessible elevators at
each of the outside platforms; one street-to-concourse elevator, and one concourse-to-platform elevator,
at Allegheny Station on the Broad Street Subway Line. Located at Broad Street and Allegheny Street in
North Philadelphia, Allegheny Station functions as both a destination station serving Temple University’s
Dental School, Medical School and Hospital facilities, local businesses and community organizations, and
as an intermodal transfer point where riders can transfer to four accessible SEPTA bus routes (C, 2, 23,
60) within 2 blocks. The design phase is underway, with completion anticipated for January 2009.
Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2009.
BUS VEHICLE ACQUISITION
Bus Purchase Program (CY 2008 through CY 2011) ($262,000,000) (MPMS #60286)
SEPTA’s Bus Fleet Management Plan provides for the
acquisition of different size buses based upon needs and
route characteristics. The current bus fleet consists of a
variety of buses ranging from 60-foot articulated and 40-
foot buses for heavy use routes to 27- and 30-foot buses
for suburban, circulator and contracted service routes.
On September 27, 2007, the SEPTA Board approved the
award of a contract to New Flyer, Inc. for 400 hybrid
(diesel/electric) forty-foot low-floor transit buses with an
option to purchase an additional 80 buses. SEPTA plans
to exercise the 20 bus option for Fiscal Year 2009. The
base order of 400 buses will replace SEPTA’s NABI buses,
which will have exceeded their useful life of 12 years by
the time of replacement. These new buses will be
delivered in increments of 100 per year starting in August 2008 through December 2011.
Operating hybrid (diesel/electric) buses enables SEPTA to significantly reduce engine exhaust emissions
in the region and increase fuel efficiency. This model of hybrid bus reduces emissions in the following
areas: carbon monoxide 80%, nitrous oxide 5.5%, hydrocarbons 44%, particulate matter 31%, and
carbon dioxide 38%. In addition to emission superiority, the hybrids have achieved 29% greater gas
mileage, superior brake lining and faster acceleration. SEPTA currently has a fleet of 32 hybrid
(diesel/electric) vehicles. The addition of 400 hybrid buses will make SEPTA the operator of one of the
largest public transit hybrid bus fleets in the country.
Each new bus will have a public address system that will enable the operator to clearly communicate with
passengers inside and outside the vehicle. For the hearing and visually impaired, an audio/visual
annunciating system will be installed, which will automatically announce upcoming bus stops and
informational messages. All buses will be low-floor and equipped for wheelchairs to address accessibility
needs. Additional features include an on-board video surveillance system and a bicycle rack.
The Bus Purchase Program provides the following benefits: 1) Dependable and improved service for our
customers, 2) Systematic replacement of aging components of the fleet, 3) Maintaining an average bus
fleet age of approximately six years, and 4) Introduction of new technology to the fleet.
As of December 22, 2008, ninety-two hybrid (diesel/electric) buses have been delivered to SEPTA and are
in revenue service.
Trackless Trolley Acquisition ($44,000,000) (MPMS #60642)
This project will provide for the acquisition of 38 new,
40-foot low-floor electric trackless trolleys. The existing
fleet is more than 26 years old and well beyond its
Vehicles acquired through this project will incorporate
current technology and proven components, along with
passenger amenities, to ensure overall safety, security
and passenger comfort. Each trackless trolley will offer
easy access and a public address system that will enable
the operator to clearly communicate with passengers
inside and outside the vehicle. For the hearing and
visually impaired, an audio/visual annunciating system
will be installed, which will automatically announce upcoming stops and informational messages. All
vehicles will fully comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. In addition, each
vehicle will be equipped with a bicycle rack.
To avoid service delays caused by short distance, temporary roadway interference, the new trackless
trolleys will have limited off-wire propulsion capability to maneuver around obstacles. This project will
also provide for spare components, tools and equipment required to service these new trackless trolleys.
The SEPTA Board at its February 23, 2006 meeting awarded the contract to New Flyer, Inc. for the
manufacture of 38 electric trackless trolleys. On October 25, 2007, the SEPTA Board approved a change
order for the installation of 38 On-Board Video Surveillance Systems and 10 Automated Passenger
Counter Systems on the vehicles.
As of December 15, 2008, all 38 trolley buses have been delivered to SEPTA and are in revenue service.
CITY TRANSIT DIVISION PROJECTS
Green Line Improvements Project ($793,023) (MPMS #77190)
This multi-phased program includes painting the walls, and installing benches, trash cans and signage in
all stations on the Subway-Surface Line. In addition, the 15th Street West Plaza to the Broad Street
Subway, City Hall entrance stairs, the 40th Street Portal Plaza and both portal entrances will receive new
Woodland Avenue Street Track Renewal ($1,201,126) (MPMS #60585)
This project provided for the renewal of approximately 4,000 feet of street track along Woodland Avenue
from 58th Street to 68th Street.
Trolley Wire Replacement Program ($407,696) (MPMS #60585)
This project will provide for the replacement of five miles of 4/0-trolley wire on Route 34, along Baltimore
Avenue between 49th and 61st Street and five miles along Route 13 between 58th and Yeadon Loop. In
total, 52,800 feet of wire will be replaced. Span wires and clip assemblies that connect the trolley wire to
the suspension system will also be replaced. To date, 8,500 feet of wire have been replaced.
Green Line Portals Roof Replacement – 36th & 40th Street ($4,400,000) (MPMS #77180)
This project will entail the repair and/or replacement of damaged structural and architectural
components, including structural steel, roof deck and masonry walls. New roofing, drains, flashing and
parapets will also be installed. Drain lines will be re-opened/replaced to ensure proper drainage. On
April 24, 2008, the SEPTA Board awarded the construction contract to Plato Construction Corporation.
The Notice to Proceed for construction was issued on June 2, 2008. This project will be substantially
complete in February 2009.
Replacement of 40th Street
Escalator / Elevator Replacement Program ($34,353,096) (MPMS #77180)
This multi-phased program provides for the replacement or modernization/standardization of escalators
and the modernization of elevators at SEPTA’s rail transit and regional rail stations.
Currently, there are 48 escalators and 79 elevators in revenue service within the SEPTA system. These
units are dispersed throughout the system at rail transit stations, regional rail stations, and transportation
Under prior phases of this program, 18 escalators have been replaced or modernized at the following
Margaret-Orthodox- MFSE (westbound), Juniper- MFSE (eastbound), Olney Transportation Center- BSS
(mezzanine to street level), Erie-MFSE (northeast and northwest), Spring Garden- MFSE, Cecil B. Moore-
BSS, City Hall- BSS (southeast entrance), Snyder Station- BSS (northeast and southwest), Regional Rail
30th Street Station (Track 3/4 and 5/6), Oregon- BSS (Headhouse 5), 2nd Street Station, Olney (lower
level northbound), Pattison (Headhouse 3), Norristown Transportation Center, and Regional Rail 30th
Street Station (Track 1/2).
As part of the current phase of this program, escalators are being modernized at Market East Station
(Units 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, & 12), and Suburban Station (Units 31, 32, 33, & 34). Construction is
currently underway, with completion anticipated for October 2009.
Future phases of this program will include the standardization of the following escalators:
Juniper (eastbound), Margaret-Orthodox (westbound), Olney (upper), Erie-BSS (northeast and northwest
corners), Spring Garden-MFSE, City Hall- BSS (southeast) and 30th Street-RRD (Tracks 3/4 and Tracks
5/6), Allegheny- MFSE, Erie-Torresdale- MFSE and Pattison- BSS (Headhouse 2), and City Hall- BSS
Escalator at Olney Station
(lower level northbound)
CCT Communications System / Control Center ($21,031,071) (MPMS #60557)
This project will upgrade and enhance the
dispatching and reservation operation of SEPTA’s
ADA and Shared-Ride programs. Provisions have
been made to incorporate the dispatching portion
of the operation into SEPTA’s centralized
Operations Control Facility located on the 19th
Floor of its 1234 Market Street Headquarters.
Twelve dispatcher workstations have been
constructed and voice and data communications
infrastructure will be upgraded. The existing
dispatching and trip scheduling computer system
will be upgraded to a current version of the
software, which will provide Automatic Vehicle
Locator (AVL), telephone interactive voice response
and Internet capabilities. Automatic vehicle locator
equipment will be installed in SEPTA’s Customized Community Transportation (CCT) vehicles. These
enhancements will enable customers to reserve and cancel trips through the telephone interactive voice
response system, the Internet, or by a traditional telephone call to a reservationist. The Automatic
Vehicle Locator (AVL) System will enable SEPTA’s dispatcher to know the exact location of vehicles. This
feature will improve the dispatching of vehicles, as well as allow the dispatcher to more accurately inform
customers about vehicle location and arrival time. The construction contract was awarded to Orbital
Sciences Corporation. Notice to Proceed for construction was issued on March 28, 2007. This project is
anticipated for substantial completion in December 2009.
Paratransit Vehicle Acquisition (FY 2009) ($3,314,464) (MPMS #60599)
SEPTA’s CCT paratransit service in Philadelphia is supported
by a fleet of 316 vehicles, including 171 lift-equipped
minibuses, 137 twelve-passenger minibuses, and 8 sedans.
Fiscal Year 2009 funding will support the acquisition of 54
replacement vehicles, including 46 lift-equipped minibuses
and 8 high-capacity lift-equipped minibuses.
Stairway Renewal Program ($615,294) (MPMS #77190)
This project will provide for the replacement of stairways and installation of new lighting at Angora and
49th Street stations on SEPTA’s R3 Media-Elwyn Line and St. Martin’s station on the R8 Chestnut Hill West
Line. Construction is underway at both Angora and 49th Street Station. In August 2008, the design
phase for St. Martin’s station began.
Intertrack Fencing Program ($289,466) (MPMS #77190)
In FY 2007, new standardized intertrack fence panels were installed on the R6 Norristown Line at Ivy
Ridge Station and on the R7 Chestnut Hill East Line at Wister, Wyndmoor and Gravers Stations. Ivy
Ridge was completed in October 2006. Wyndmoor was completed in April 2007, and Wister was
completed in May 2007. In FY 2008, intertrack fence panels were installed on the R7 Chestnut Hill East
Line at Washington Lane, Stenton, Sedgewick, and Mount Airy Stations. In FY 2009, Germantown Station
was completed in November 2008. Work at Angora Station on the R3 Media-Elwyn Line will begin in
Critical Catenary Structure Rehabilitation ($746,000) (MPMS #60585)
During FY 2007 and FY 2008, catenary was replaced on the R1 Airport Line over Track #2 on the Airport
Viaduct, including the air brake on Track #2 within Airport Junction and installation of the feeder in the
duct bank. In FY 2009, this project will provide for the design of new structures to remove catenary
supports from pedestrian Bridge 3.56 on the R3 Media-Elwyn Line and Bridge 6.69 on the R6 Norristown
Line. The design phase will start in December 2008.
Regional Rail Signal System Modernization ($77,000,000) (MPMS #60255)
This project provides for the modernization of the signal
system on the R2 Warminster, R5 Lansdale-Doylestown,
R6 Cynwyd, R6 Norristown, R7 Chestnut Hill East, and R8
Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Lines. The Automatic
Block Signal System currently in use on these lines will be
replaced with an Automatic Train Control (ATC) System.
The ATC System, which operates on a microprocessor
based platform, will ensure effective train separation, as
well as provide train overspeed protection with automatic
braking. The new signal system will also enable bi-
directional train movements with full signaling, thus
greatly enhancing the flexibility of service when a portion
of track is out of service for maintenance or repair. As
part of this project, track interlockings and switches will be improved or replaced to complement the
capabilities of the new signal system. These improvements, in conjunction with completed and planned
communications system upgrades, will significantly improve service quality and provide a more reliable
and maintainable operation. In addition, these infrastructure improvements will expand opportunities to
increase overall travel speed and reduce travel time. Construction on the R2 Warminster Line began in
March 2008 and is schedule for completion in December 2009. On the R5 Doylestown Line, construction
is scheduled to commence in April 2009.
Regional Rail Substation Improvements ($235,000,000) (MPMS #60651)
This program provides for improvements to the traction power supply system for SEPTA’s Regional Rail
service. Critical components of the power system have far exceeded their useful life and are in need of
replacement. In total, this program will provide for the replacement of sixteen substations over the next
decade and a half. The first three facilities to be addressed under this program are: 1) Replacement of
30th Street Substation (Sub 1-A); 2) Replacement of Callowhill Substation, and 3) Replacement of
The 30th Street Substation is located in Amtrak’s Penn Coach Yard. This Amtrak-owned facility distributes
traction power to catenary circuits at Zoo Interlocking, Arsenal Interlocking, Powelton Avenue Yard,
Suburban Station, and the Center City Commuter Rail Tunnel. This substation and electrical apparatus
date back to the late 1920’s. In recent years, a number of train service delays were attributed to
equipment failures at this facility. To rectify the power interruptions caused by this aged facility, a new
substation will be constructed within SEPTA’s Powelton Yard.
Callowhill Substation is located on the former Reading Railroad Viaduct just south of the north portal of
the Center City Commuter Rail Tunnel. The Jenkintown Substation is located at the heart of SEPTA’s
Northern Regional Railroad Traction Power System, just north of Jenkintown Station in Montgomery
County. These 70 year old facilities are two of 12 autotransformer substations that transform the
incoming traction power from 24,000 volts to 12,000 volts and distribute the power to Regional Rail lines
north of the Center City Commuter Rail Tunnel. Failure of these substations and supporting power cables
would have a significant impact on Regional Rail operations. The Callowhill Substation is being replaced
with a new facility near the intersection of Fairmount Avenue and 9th Street in the City of Philadelphia.
New substation facilities will house state-of-the-art circuit breakers, switchgears and control equipment.
The Jenkintown Substation will be replaced with modern indoor switchgear and state-of-the-art industry-
standard safety systems, communications systems and relay protection systems. The facility will also
provide additional power augmentation and reliability to the existing traction power supply system.
The state-of-the-art controls and protection devices will provide a high level of maintainability and
operational simplicity. As a result of this project, the traction power distribution network will be more
reliable, rail service interruptions will be reduced, and Regional Rail customers will receive enhanced
service quality. Construction of the new Fairmount Substation is progressing with completion scheduled
for mid-2009. The Notice to Proceed for the 30th Street Substation project is scheduled to be issued in
January 2009. The Notice to Proceed for the Jenkintown Substation design phase was issued on August
Construction of new Fairmount
REGIONAL RAIL – STATION IMPROVEMENTS
Allen Lane Phase II and Queen Lane Stations ($16,500,000) (MPMS #60619)
This project includes the engineering and design of station rehabilitation and improvements including
ADA and historic elements. The scope of work at Queen Lane Station includes the reconstruction of the
platform stairways and pedestrian overpass, rehabilitation of platform canopies, installation of new
lighting and signage, and other site improvements. Allen Lane Station improvements include the
following: installation of new high-level platforms; construction of new stairways, canopies, and
pedestrian overpass; and, improved lighting, signage, and passageways. The Notice to Proceed for
construction at Allen Lane was issued in October 2008. The construction contract for Queen Lane will be
awarded in December 2008, with construction to begin in April 2009.
Pedestrian Overpass – Allen Lane Existing Station – Queen Lane
Wayne Junction Station ($22,187,529) (MPMS #77183)
This project includes design and construction of accessibility and facility improvements at Wayne Junction
Station. The scope of work includes the removal of existing canopies and construction of new 200-foot
canopies and windscreens on both the inbound and outbound platforms. A new low-level platform will
extend between Germantown Avenue and Wayne Avenue. A new high-level platform will be constructed
on the inbound side. Two new elevators will be installed at Wayne Avenue, one each accessing the
inbound and outbound platforms. New lighting and signage will be installed. A new track crossover on
the R7 Chestnut Hill East Line will be installed to allow for a single track access to the platform. The
design contract was awarded to Urban Engineers in January 2007. The design phase is anticipated for
completion in April 2009.
Existing Station – Wayne Junction
Fox Chase Branch High Level Platform Program ($8,808,742) (MPMS #77190)
This multi-phase project provides for the renewal of station facilities, including installation of high level
platforms at Cheltenham, Olney, Ryers, and Lawndale Stations on the R8 Fox Chase Regional Rail Line.
Cheltenham Station was completed in 2007. Improvements consisted of the construction of a single high
level precast platform and a new station building with ticket office, waiting room and restroom facilities.
The resulting station facilities are fully accessible. The current phase of this program includes the
reconstruction of Olney Station, including high-level platforms, new shelter, surveillance cameras and
parking improvements. Construction is currently underway, with completion anticipated in August 2009.
The design phase for Ryers Station is 30% complete. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2009.
Existing Station Building and Parking
Lot at Olney Station
REGIONAL RAIL – BRIDGES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Bridge Rehabilitation Program ($228,444) (MPMS #60585)
This program involves the rehabilitation to various bridges and tunnels on the regional rail. In FY 2009
the program will include repairs to the pedestrian tunnel at Milepost 11.31 on the R3 Media-Elwyn Line,
rehabilitation of the bridge column bents at Milepost 7.63 on the R7 Chestnut Hill East Line, and repairs
to the girder on bridges 0.83 and 4.42 on the R8 Chestnut Hill West Line.
Chestnut Hill West Bridge 0.35 Rehabilitation ($9,800,000) (MPMS #77180)
Bridge 0.35, circa 1915, is a 130-foot long two track bridge which carries SEPTA’s R8 Chestnut Hill West
Line over the northern section of SEPTA’s Main Line. It is a one span, simply supported warren pony
truss. The tracks are supported by concrete ballast troughs support by closely spaced steel floor beams,
supported in turn by two warren trusses. There are two full height abutments. The north abutment is
stone masonry and the south abutment is cast-in-place concrete. This project will provide for the repair
and strengthening of the truss bottom chord connection plates, replacement of bridge bearings and
seats, deck waterproofing, new track bed and drainage, cleaning and painting all exposed steel, and
abutment repairs. The design phase is anticipated to begin in April 2009.
Existing Bridge 0.35 Conditions
R5 Paoli Line Improvements ($80,600,000) (MPMS #59917)
SEPTA, PennDOT, and Amtrak are working
together to improve the infrastructure of the
Amtrak-owned Keystone corridor between
Philadelphia and Harrisburg. This corridor serves
the PennDOT-subsidized and Amtrak-operated
Keystone service, and SEPTA’s R5
Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line. The project
will restore the infrastructure to a state of good
repair, improve operating speeds and enhance
service reliability. Amtrak and PennDOT have
jointly funded the installation of new concrete
ties and new continuous welded rail on Tracks 2
and 3 between Zoo Interlocking and Paoli Station
and infrastructure improvements west of Paoli
including ties, rail, signals, catenary and bridges.
The project also included the rehabilitation of
Amtrak rail vehicles for use on this line. The investment by PennDOT and Amtrak in the Keystone
corridor totaled $145.5 million. The jointly funded Amtrak/PennDOT improvements were substantially
completed in Calendar Year 2006.
Amtrak and SEPTA are sharing the cost of improvements from Zoo Interlocking (west of Amtrak’s 30th
Street Station) westward to the Paoli Station in Chester County. SEPTA funds provide for improvements
between Zoo and Paoli Interlockings on Tracks 1 and 4. This project will be advanced in phases over a
Amtrak-SEPTA Phase 1, which was completed in Calendar Year 2007, included the installation of 85,000
concrete crossties and new continuous welded rail, track surfacing, and track realignment. Phase 2
includes the design and construction of three track interlockings (Paoli, Villanova and Wynnefield) and a
new bi-directional train signal system. The construction of Phase 2 improvements will be addressed over
a four year period starting in Calendar Year 2009.
The scope of work for Phase 3 is under development and will include additional track interlocking
modifications, as well as improvements to power substations, the power distribution system, and track
Capital investments currently completed, planned and under consideration for this rail corridor will
enhance the train service provided by both SEPTA and Amtrak, as well as significantly improve the quality
of ride for current and future customers.
Amtrak “K” Interlocking Transfer Project ($10,877,446) (MPMS #60255)
The “K” Interlocking location is the easternmost section of the overall Amtrak Interlocking, known as
“Zoo”. It is controlled and maintained by Amtrak. However, the “K” Interlocking is critical to SEPTA
Railroad operations, as all SEPTA Paoli, Cynwyd, Trenton and Chestnut Hill West trains operate through
it. This project provides for the third-party design and installation of a modernized “K” interlocking,
which includes a new train control system, track work, civil improvements, new catenary, fully remotely
controlled operation system, and new fiber optic communications infrastructure. Construction is in
progress. 32,000 feet of rail and 4,500 ties have been installed; installation of a prefabricated cable
trough to accommodate new cabling throughout the interlocking has been completed. This project is
scheduled for completion in March 2009.
VEHICLE ACQUISITION & REHABILITATION
Purchase 120 Silverliner V Rail Cars ($330,000,000) (MPMS #60638)
This project provides for the acquisition of 120 new rail cars for SEPTA Regional Rail service. These new
electric multiple-unit (EMU) cars will replace the existing Silverliner II and III rail cars, which are currently
41 to 45 years old, and will provide additional cars to supplement the regional rail car fleet in response to
current and projected ridership increases.
Vehicles acquired will fully comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and federal
and state regulations regarding safety features and systems. Each car will also be equipped to
accommodate two wheelchairs. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) passenger car strength and safety
requirements will be incorporated into the design of the vehicles. The car design will also incorporate
recent technology and proven components and enhanced passenger amenities to ensure overall safety,
security and passenger comfort.
Passenger amenities will include larger windows, wider aisles, state-of-the-art climate control system and
enhanced seating arrangement with more two-passenger seating. These features will provide a more
pleasant environment for passenger movement and seating. The new cars will have electronic exterior
and interior destination signs and voice annunciation of train destination and upcoming station stops.
The enhanced public address system will enable SEPTA’s Control Center to broadcast messages directly
to customers on trains.
On March 23, 2006, SEPTA awarded a contract to United Transit Systems for 104 rail cars. The SEPTA
Board executed an option for 16 additional cars on April 26, 2007 of which the State of Delaware will
fund the acquisition of four rail cars. Pilot cars for testing are due June 2009 with production cars
scheduled to arrive in October 2009 through September 2010.
A press conference was held on September 10, 2008 at SEPTA’s Wayne Junction Car Shop, welcoming
the delivery of the Silverliner V mock-up railcar to Philadelphia. The mock-up railcar was on display at
SEPTA’s Suburban Station from October 2-18, 2008.
Silverliner V Car – Mock-Up
Vehicle Overhaul ($52,000,000) (MPMS #60582)
The Vehicle Overhaul Program is an on-going initiative that provides for the major overhaul of SEPTA's
rolling stock. A vehicle must receive periodic overhauls if it is to achieve, or exceed, its full, useful service
life. Prudent fleet management requires a program of heavy maintenance and overhauls for optimal fleet
reliability, service quality, cost efficiency, and passenger comfort. The advanced scheduling of vehicle
overhauls allows SEPTA to purchase material and produce rebuilt components in an efficient and effective
manner. The 2009 program includes the overhaul of 27-foot Champion buses, 40-foot low-floor hybrid
(diesel/electric) New Flyer buses, 60-foot articulated Neoplan buses, Broad Street Subway B-IV cars,
Subway Surface light rail vehicles, Media/Sharon Hill Line light rail vehicles, N-5 Norristown High Speed
Line railcars, Regional Rail Silverliner IV railcars, Regional Rail Bombardier Push-Pull railcars and
locomotives, Market Frankford M-4 cars, and maintenance of way equipment.
Silverliner IV railcar New Flyer bus
B-IV BSS car M-4 MFSE car
CUSTOMER SERVICE PROJECTS
Interactive Voice Response System ($262,125) (MPMS #60557)
SEPTA’s Information Technology Department will contract with a third-party vendor to develop and install
a new interactive voice response (IVR) system to replace the outdated STAR system currently used for
customer service. Using the STAR system, customers can access SEPTA service schedules, fare
information, as well as answers to other service-related questions. The new system will include built-in
expansion capacity to keep pace with continuing growth in customer call volume. State-of-the-art
hardware and software will provide the highest level of reliability and ease of use. The Request for
Proposals was advertised in April 2008, with responses received in August 2008. A contract award for
construction is anticipated for January 2009.
New Payment Technologies ($100,000,000) (MPMS #60611)
This project provides for the upgrade of SEPTA’s fare collection system and equipment, and the
realignment of fare collection across all modes, fleets and business functions. SEPTA’s fare collection
equipment is reaching the end of its useful life, but has remained functional through equipment overhaul
programs and the acquisition of used equipment from other transit agencies. Continuing advancements
in the telecommunications industry will enable SEPTA to modernize current revenue collection equipment
and will greatly improve customer service and convenience. Control, accountability and reconciliation will
be made an integral part of the new fare collection system. The introduction of new fare collection
technology will attract riders to the system and facilitate more accurate gathering of ridership and
revenue information. Electronic fare media used in conjunction with modern fare collection devices will
allow customers to move seamlessly through the transit network.
The Request for Proposals was advertised on November 7, 2009. Proposals are due on March 17, 2009.
PROJECTS RECENTLY COMPLETED
MARKET FRANKFORD LINE STATIONS
AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS
Automatic Train Control ($104,500,000)
This project provides for the construction of an automatic train control (ATC) signal system for the
Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated (MFSE) Line. This line contains a total of 26.66 track miles. The
MFSE Line had a unidirectional block signal system, which utilized wayside signals and trip stops to
control train movements. The technology used by this obsolete signal system and sections of the signal
plant is over 74 years old.
The automated train control signal system is a state-of-the-art system, which will enable central control
of all interlockings, track switches, and train movements. The system also provides train overspeed
protection with automatic braking, as well as bi-directional train movements with full signaling. A new
track interlocking was installed in the subway portion of the line at 40th Street. These improvements
permit a more effective operation of the new M-4 cars. The ATC system will enable service on this line to
be more reliable and more flexible. In addition, the service provided by the MFSE Line will be operated
with enhanced safety features.
This project was substantially completed in September 2004 and the new ATC signal system is in
30th Street Station ADA Improvements ($9,676,831)
This project provides full ADA accessibility to the 30th Street Station
on the Market Frankford Subway Elevated Line and Subway Surface
Line. The project was completed in April, 2004.
69th Street Shop & Yard ($67,700,000)
This project consists of the demolition and replacement of the Car
Maintenance Shop for the Market Frankford Subway Elevated Line
and improvements to the adjacent railcar storage yard. The
majority of vehicle inspections and maintenance are performed on
SEPTA’s M-4 fleet at this location. This project was completed in
Multi-Modal Traction Power Substations ($22,947,578)
This project includes construction of a new substation at the 69th
Street Terminal supporting the Market Frankford Subway Elevated
Line, the Norristown High Speed Line, and the Media Sharon Hill
Line. Also included is the construction of a substation at 46th Street
to provide improved traction power for the new M-4 fleet on the
Market Frankford Subway Elevated Line. Completion of this project
was achieved in March 2004
Berks, Church and Huntingdon Stations ($56,000,000) (MPMS #60281)
This project included major renovations of the Berks, Church, and Huntingdon Stations including ADA
improvements to ensure full accessibility. The new westbound stations at each location have been
opened to the public. Work at the three stations has been substantially completed.
Huntingdon Station Berks Station
8th Street Station and 13th Street Station ADA Improvements ($28,683,880) (MPMS #60271)
This project consisted of making 8th and 13th Street Stations ADA accessible. The scope of work
included the installation of four elevators at 13th Street Station and one elevator at 8th Street Station,
ramps connecting the concourses to the platforms, reconfigured stairs, accessible paths, ADA compliant
lighting, signage, new flooring, tactile platform edging, Audio Visual Public Announcement System; and
the ventilation system improvements to Juniper Station. The NTP for construction at 13th Street Station
was issued in March 2004. Construction at 13th Street was substantially completed in March 2007.
The Mechanical Contract for the 8th Street Station ADA Improvements Project was awarded to Lima
Company, the Electrical Contract to Mulhern Electric, and the General Contractor to Neshaminy
Constructors. The elevator was put into operation on April 17th, 2007. Construction at 8th Street was
substantially completed in October 2007.
New 8th Street ADA Accessible
Ramping and Signage
New 13th Street Station Platform
MARKET FRANKFORD LINE
FRANKFORD TRANSPORTATION CENTER ($180,000,000) (MPMS #60326)
Major construction elements of this project include:
1) Reconfiguration of the Frankford Bus Depot and
Trackless Trolley Storage Yard; 2) Construction of
the Pratt Street building, housing the train control
room for the Market-Frankford Automated Train
Control Project; 3) New elevated guideway
structure from Dyre Street to the Bridge Street
Train Yard; 4) New track, signals, traction power
and communications system; 5) New terminal
building complex, including the rehabilitation of the
historically significant Bridge Street Terminal, and
the reconfiguration of the bus berths and access
lanes; and 6) 1,000 car parking garage and a
pedestrian bridge over Bridge Street.
Bus Operations offices at mezzanine level and Police Headquarters at street and basement levels were
completed in November 2006.
The Bridge Street Terminal opened to the public on September 3, 2006. In addition, the new parking
garage was opened to the public on September 5, 2006.
The status of specific contracts follows:
• Bridge Street Yard and Trackwork – Completed in January 2002.
• Bus Depot & Pratt Building – Completed in July
• Guideway Structure – Completed.
• Terminal & Site – Construction is 99% complete.
Project substantially completed in September 2006.
Total completion is expected by September 2007.
• Parking Garage – Work commenced in October
2004 and project was substantially completed in
September 2006. Total completion is expected by
• Bridge Street Station and Parking Garage –
Dedication ceremony was held on December 12,
Bridge Street Terminal- Entrance Hall Main Terminal
BROAD STREET SUBWAY
York, Callowhill and Arch Sump Pump Replacement ($3,500,000) (MPMS #60255)
This project provided for the modernization of sump pumps located on the Broad Street Subway, which
are used to eliminate high water in the track areas during heavy rainfall and snowmelts. The installation
of two new sump pumps at each location – six total - have improved service reliability and safety. The
scope of work included demolition or renovation of existing pump rooms, removal and disposal of
obsolete equipment, and installation of new sump pump systems. The construction contract was
awarded to Quad Construction Company at the February 23, 2006 SEPTA Board Meeting. Work has been
completed, and the sump pumps at York, Callowhill and Arch Street Stations are in operation.
Sump Pump Piping at Arch Street
Broad Street Subway Signal System Modernization ($86,000,000) (MPMS #60292)
This project provides for a replacement of the existing
wayside signal support infrastructure, i.e. local wiring,
trunk vital signal and power cables and signal cases,
and includes selected operational and safety
enhancements on the Broad Street Subway Line,
including the replacement of nine (9) interlockings,
installation of an Automatic Train Dispatching System
(ATD), installation of an Automatic Vehicle
Identification (AVI) and installation of a new
Centralized Train Control System (CTC). These
enhancements will be achieved by upgrading
remaining electric-mechanical relay-based interlockings with microprocessor control technology, allowing
for remote control and real-time monitoring of operations from the Control Center, and reconfiguring
track signal circuit control lines for additional braking distance protection to enhance safety of operations.
The improvements will provide a safe and reliable signal system operation on the Broad Street Subway.
In Fern Rock Rail Yard, new signal cables and electric switch machines have been installed. The
installation of fiber optics in the tunnel has been completed. In addition, control center and interlocking
testing is underway for the microprocessor control system that will control track interlockings in the
tunnel and Fern Rock Yard. New signal system control houses and field wiring were installed at Fern
Rock. The contractor completed the signal control house for Olney Interlocking, which is currently being
tested. This project was substantially completed in September 2007.
Walnut-Locust Station Renovation ($19,300,000) (MPMS #60555)
Improvements to the Walnut-Locust Station were initiated in November 2002 and substantially completed
in August 2005. These included elevators, raising platforms by 3”, tactile warning strips, improved
signage and accessibility, and audio-visual public address equipment.
In addition, an elevator was installed in the 211 South Broad building. This elevator, which provides the
accessible path connecting Broad Street to the Broad Street Subway concourse, was opened for service in
Old Stairwell Subway Entrance on New Elevator Entrance on Broad
Broad Street Street
Infrastructure Safety Renewal Program – Broad Street Subway Line Station Renewal
Over the last few years, SEPTA’s in-house workforce has completed numerous improvements on the
Broad Street Subway Line. Major station improvements have been completed at Lombard-South,
Ellsworth-Federal, Tasker-Morris and Snyder Stations. New rail was installed on the local tracks between
Olney and Girard Stations and on the entire Ridge Avenue Spur.
The following was also completed as part of this project:
Track area walls were painted in July 2006.
Platform tile replacement work completed.
Station entrance improvements completed.
Cecil B. Moore
Improvements to three of the four entrances were completed in July Erie Station
Work on fare lines and cashier booths, as well as improvements to lighting and station entrances
were completed on the southbound and northbound stations in July 2006.
New style trashcans were installed in May 2007.
Painting was completed Summer 2007.
Painting and lighting improvements were completed on Race
Installation of concrete floor is complete.
Improvements to Vine Street Mezzanine are substantially
Lombard-South and Ellsworth-Federal
Night crews completed the repainting of track areas for both
stations. Race-Vine Station
Contractors installed a new escalator. A new elevator opened
late June 2006.
Demolition of the headhouse began in April 2007.
In-house crews completed installation of new platform tiles in
Outside concrete installation was completed in July 2007.
Work has been completed on improvements to four street level
As part of a City Hall Station ‘blitz” campaign, all unused track
signs on outer track walls were removed, track walls and tops of
all piping/conduit on platform were pressure washed, and areas
missing wall tile on track walls were patched in preparation for
New Headhouse #5
The following work was completed in June 2006:
Paint entire station, including tile walls.
New lighting installed on platform.
New rotogate installed in south mezzanine.
System maps replaced where needed.
All four track areas cleaned and debris removed.
The following work was completed in July 2006:
The repair of the flooring surfaces on platform and resurfacing of the platforms with epoxy paint and
painting platform edge safety yellow was completed the weekend of July 8 – July 9, 2006.
The following work began in Spring 2007:
Resurfacing of all stairways.
New lighting on mezzanine.
New rotogate installed in north mezzanine.
Repair flooring surface on mezzanine.
New trash cans have been ordered and will be installed throughout the station.
The design of new platform train information signs has been completed and the signs are being
made by in-house forces and will be installed when completed.
Painting of track area walls was completed in July 2006.
Painting of track area walls was completed in July 2006.
BUS VEHICLE AND COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION
Purchase 40-Foot Buses For CY 2004 through CY 2006 ($116,000,000) (MPMS #60286)
This project will
provide for the
buses from New
Flyer of America,
Inc. The 338
replace 15 and
16 year old buses, which are beyond their useful life of 12 years. Two hundred and eighteen buses were
delivered in 2004. With the delivery of the buses in Calendar Year 2004, the SEPTA bus fleet became
100% accessible. The last 120 buses were delivered as of February 23, 2006.
Alternative Fuel Buses ($20,000,000)
This project provides for the acquisition of thirty-two
40-foot low-floor hybrid electric powered buses.
These buses, through a combination of an internal-
combustion engine to produce electricity, storage
batteries and an electric propulsion system will
provide a quieter ride for our customers, reduce
exhaust emissions and fuel consumption, and
improve brake life through regenerative braking.
A Notice to Proceed was issued to New Flyer of
America, Inc. Thirty-two hybrid buses were received and placed into revenue service during Calendar
Purchase 30-Foot Buses ($21,353,750)
This project provided for the purchase of 30-ft. buses. These
buses are being utilized by SEPTA for small bus circulator
service, such as the LUCY service, and on the following fixed
routes in the City of Philadelphia that are more economically
served with small buses: Route 35 serving Andorra,
Roxborough and the Wissahickon Transfer Center; and Route
77 serving the Roosevelt Mall in Northeast Philadelphia,
Jenkintown, and Chestnut Hill.
SEPTA’s contract with El Dorado National of Chino, California for
the delivery of eighty 30-foot buses is complete, with the delivery of the last bus in July 2001. These
were the first buses in SEPTA’s fleet equipped with bicycle racks.
Purchase 60-Foot Buses ($72,000,000)
This project provided for the acquisition of one
hundred fifty-five (155) 60-foot heavy-duty
articulated transit buses. This contract was awarded
to Neoplan USA Corporation. As of December, 2000,
all buses have been placed into revenue service.
Purchase 40-Foot Buses For CY 2001 through CY 2003 ($89,000,000)
This project provided for the acquisition of 300 forty-foot
low-floor transit buses. One hundred buses were delivered
annually in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
Computer Aided Radio Dispatch System ($43,680,000) (MPMS #60557)
This project provided two control dispatch centers and
mobile radio equipment in all buses, light rail and
associated service vehicles -- approximately 1,800
vehicles plus 400 portables. In addition, the
infrastructure including base stations and microwave
links was installed to support this wireless communication
system. Substantial completion of the facilities was
achieved in March 2002, with full system integration
completed in October 2003. An upgrade to the CARD
system is required for Customized Community
Transportation Vehicles to interface with the new CARD
system. The CARD system upgrade was substantially
completed October 2007.
Also included in this project was the installation of an Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) System. The
scope of work for this subtask included the installation of hardware and the related programming on
1,100 buses. This system uses Global Positioning Satellite technology (GPS) to provide location
information and schedule status in real-time to the SEPTA control center, and is expected to enhance the
operation and reliability of service. Installation of the AVL on all buses was completed in late December
CITY TRANSIT DIVISION GIRARD AVENUE
AND LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS
Rail Rolling Stock (PCC Trolley Cars) Rehabilitation ($30,000,000) (TIP #S073)
This project provides for the refurbishment of eighteen PCC Trolley cars for use on the Girard Avenue
Route 15 Light Rail Line. The refurbished vehicles are air-conditioned and wheelchair-accessible. All cars
have been delivered, with the last car delivered in November 2004. The PCC Cars were placed in service
on September 4, 2005 and operate on light rail route 15.
Girard Avenue Light Rail Infrastructure Renewal ($48,000,000)
This project was completed in October 2002. The scope of
work included the rehabilitation and/or construction of new
substations, feeders, cables, overhead and track.
CITY TRANSIT DIVISION
TRANSIT FIRST INITIATIVES
Route 15 Transit First ($4,952,928)
This project provided for transit first improvements along the 8.2-mile route from West Philadelphia into
the Port Richmond section of the City. Transit first improvements included improved transit stops and
preferential traffic signals designed to improve reliability and speed. The scope of work included
construction of preferential actuation of traffic signals and traffic signage, and replacement of traffic
signal controllers at thirty-six intersections along Girard Avenue. The new controllers permit interactive
communications and programming from the City’s central control facility to correct signal malfunctions,
implement progression schemes, and diagnose on-
street operational problems as they occur. Associated
intersection hardware, such as traffic signal heads,
poles, conduit, cable, junction boxes, and regulatory
signs were replaced as needed. In addition,
transmitter devices will be installed on the light rail
vehicles that operate on this line. This project was
completed in April 2003.
Route 10 Transit First ($2,918,720)
This project includes preferential traffic signals and traffic signage designed to improve efficiency and
running time of the Route 10 Light Rail Line, which runs from West Philadelphia into the Subway-Surface
Tunnel terminating at 13th & Juniper Streets in Center City Philadelphia. The scope of work includes the
replacement of two-way traffic signal controllers at each of the twenty-six intersections (north and south
bound) along the Route 10 corridor. The new controllers permit interactive communications and
programming from the City’s central control facility to correct signal malfunctions, implement progression
schemes, and diagnoses on-street operational problems, as they occur. In addition, antennas and control
boxes were installed on the light rail vehicles that operate on this line. The infrastructure improvements
were completed in April 2003.
Route 52 Transit First ($2,740,000) (TIP # S089)
This project consists of transit first improvements along the Route 52 bus route, including highway traffic
light interconnections for bus preferential signal controls, street identification striping to improve running
time, bus stop striping to enhance passenger safety, additional passenger shelters and new informational
signage along the route. The technology will be similar to that used on the Route 10 and Route 15
Transit First Projects. Route 52 runs from 49th Street Station in West Philadelphia to City Avenue in the
Overbrook section of the City. The Notice to Proceed for construction was issued to Nucero Electrical
Construction Company at SEPTA’s September 2004 Board Meeting. Construction commenced in October
2004 and was completed in December 2005.
Street Track Renewal Program ($6,349,000) (MPMS #60585)
As part of the FY 2004/2005 Infrastructure and Safety Renewal Program, SEPTA provided for the renewal
of the eastbound and westbound tracks from 42nd to 58th Streets and the renewal of the eastbound
facing switch layout at 50th and Woodland Avenue. Beginning the end of FY 2005 and continuing into FY
2006, 6,400 track feet on Lindbergh Boulevard from 56th St. to Grays and on 49th St. from Grays to
Woodland will be renewed. This project is being coordinated with PADOT’s renewal of the CSX bridge at
54th & Lindbergh, which is in the limits of this track renewal project. Also, 6,000 track feet was renewed
on Chester Avenue between 42nd St. and 49th St. in FY 2006. This project provides for the renewal of the
Island and Woodland Avenue double track “Wye” special work that allows trolleys coming to and from
Elmwood Yard access to Routes 11 and 13. The double track “Wye” special work consists of six switches
and frogs plus three diamond crossings. Construction was substantially completed in July 2006.
OTHER CITY TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
Allegheny Garage Roof ($1,752,745)
This project includes the replacement of the existing roof of the bus garage at the Allegheny Garage,
which is approximately 15 years old. The contractor achieved completion of this project in September
Berridge Shop ($3,703,701)
This is the fourth phase of the ongoing program to modernize the Berridge Shop to facilitate maintenance
of the new bus fleet. This phase of the project includes installation of above ground lifts, central fume
extraction, overhead exhaust system, fluid distribution system, and vacuum system. Safety
enhancements include upgrading of the electrical system and re-coating of the floor with a non-slip finish.
The construction was completed in June 2004.
Fern Rock Roof Replacement and Structural Improvements ($10,000,000) (MPMS #60255)
The existing roof at the Fern Rock General Repair Shop
was installed in 1980. After twenty-four years of service,
the roofing system is failing, which is compounded by
cracks in the existing masonry walls and loose mortar
between the bricks. This project entails the design,
removal, and replacement of the existing roof, as well as
stabilization of the façade and parapets. The scope of
work will also include repair of steel structural elements
and lintels, as required. The SEPTA Board approved the
award of construction to Plato Construction, Inc., for
general construction services, to John J. Bee, Inc. for
mechanical construction services, and to Vanalt Electrical
Construction, Inc. for electrical construction services on
January 26, 2006. The General Construction Contractor has completed the roof “tear-off” and installation
of the new roofing system in the entire building and has performed the final infrared roof scanning to
locate presence of moisture underneath. The installation of flood coating has started, as well as the
coating of terra cotta and knee wall. Repair of the masonry and the structural steel framing continues.
In addition, roof ladders have been replaced with galvanized steel ladders. The Mechanical Construction
of the roof top air conditioning unit has started. The electrical contractor has completed rehabilitating the
existing entrance lights. This project was substantially completed in July 2007.
Wissahickon Transportation Center ($2,000,000) (TIP #0538)
This project consists of the engineering, design, and
construction of an upgraded transportation center at the
current location on the R6 Norristown Line, serving nine
bus routes. A building presently exists at the site and will
be incorporated into the new center. Improvements will
include new signage, curbing and curb cuts, improved
shelters, and landscaping. These improvements will make
the center more user-friendly and will be compliant with
the Americans with Disabilities Act. The construction
contract was awarded to Miller Brothers and Seravalli,
Incorporated. This project was substantially completed in
REGIONAL RAIL – STATION IMPROVEMENTS
Suburban Station ($63,000,000) (MPMS #60553)
• Phase I - Installation of a chilled water plant,
abatement of asbestos and rehabilitation/reactivation
of the platform ventilation system contact was
completed in September 2001. The construction
contract for accelerated project elements was
awarded to Daniel J. Keating Company (General
Contractor), James J. Gory (Mechanical Contractor),
and Eastern (Electrical Contractor) in September
2000. Accelerated project elements, included
renovations at 15th Street Courtyard/station entrance
and the construction of new public bathrooms in the
historic portion of the station and were completed in
August 2002. Ticket Office
• Phase II - Station and Concourse Renovations scope of work includes the rehabilitation of the station
facilities to comply with ADA accessibility requirements, life safety improvements, concourse
improvements and the relocation of SEPTA’s Regional Rail personnel located at the station. The
SEPTA Board approved the contracts for the station renovation with Daniel J. Keating Company
(General Contractor), Dolan (Mechanical Contractor), and Eagle I (Electrical Contractor) and the
Notices to Proceed were issued in September 2002.
• Six elevators are now in operation, providing
wheelchair access to the street, concourse and
platform levels for the first time in the history of the
station. On the concourse level, construction included
new public restrooms, a new Passenger Services Office,
and a new West Corridor. Renovations to the West
Station Waiting Area (located in Section A) included
new flooring, ceilings, walls and bronze fixtures
designed to match and complement the original Art
Deco 1930s look. The modern touch of air conditioning
was added to the concourse level for the comfort of
On the platform level, improvements included new tactile
edging, repaired floors, repainted walls and columns and
enclosed stairways (for air conditioning). The project
included renovations to all the stairways and corridors.
The 16th Street Courtyard (at JFK Blvd.) includes a street
level elevator, which made the station accessible to riders
with disabilities for the first time. The elevator at 17th
Street was made available to the public in August 2005,
and a new audio/visual public address system was
installed. In addition, revisions to the new Crew
Remittance Office were completed. Construction included
a new Ticket Office and renovation of the Central and
East Station Waiting Areas. The contractors renovated
the North Corridor and the 16th Street Courtyard (north
part) and 16th Street Corridor. The project was substantially completed on June 30, 2006.
Allen Lane Phase I – Historic Stations ($756,400)
This project consisted of historic renovations of the Allen Lane Station, including the rehabilitation and
restoration of the exterior and interior of the station building and shelters adjacent to the building. This
work, which was completed in September 1999, was performed in accordance with ADA requirements.
Amtrak 30th Street Station ($7,681,849)
This project consisted of renovations to the headhouses, train information display system, clocks, and
benches, and the replacement of announcer booths and escalator A. The scope of work also included
renovations to the mezzanine and new elevators, stairs, and janitors’ facilities. Completion was achieved
in October 2001.
Overbrook Station ($9,101,649)
This project includes the historical restoration, structural renovations, and accessibility improvements to
the Overbrook Station on the R5 Paoli/Thorndale Line. The scope of work includes rehabilitation of the
station building; structural rehabilitation of the passenger tunnel; painting of the station and platform
shelters; resurfacing of platforms and parking lots; lighting, power, mechanical and HVAC improvements;
and landscaping. Completion was reached in October 2003.
REGIONAL RAIL – COMMUNICATIONS AND SAFETY
Audio-Visual Equipment at Key Stations ($6,810,000)
In voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, an audio/visual public address
system was installed at twenty-two (22) RRD stations and six (6) Transit Stations. This project, which
included equipment installation, system software, and communication enhancements, was completed on
December 20, 2002.
The following Key Stations in the City of Philadelphia have been completed: Pattison, Cecil B. Moore, and
Olney Stations on the Broad Street Subway Line; 69th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line; and
R1 Airport, R3 Forest Hills, R8 Fox Chase, R8 Queen Lane, R8 Chestnut Hill West, University City, Temple
University and Market East Regional Rail Stations.
Regional Rail Control Center ($27,468,507)
This project consists of the construction of
a new state-of-the-art centralized control
center to monitor and control all Regional
Rail train movements and provide real time
train status information. The facility
renovations at 1234 Market Street and
Market East Station were completed in
March 2003. The phased cutover from
existing locations to the Control Center has
REGIONAL RAIL – BRIDGES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Chestnut Hill East Interlocking Improvement Project ($465,201)
This project will provide for the replacement of the existing spring switch location known as “Spring” on
the Chestnut Hill East Line. The existing switch is obsolete and operating far outside of its useful life.
The old switch will be replaced by a new electrically-controlled power switch. In addition, this location
will be added as a remote-controlled location to the Railroad Operations Control Center, resulting in
enhanced dispatcher control. As of March 2008, the cut over was complete and the new interlocking is in
Fox Chase Line Resignalization for the SEPTA / CSX Separation ($3,800,000) (MPMS
This project was undertaken to separate SEPTA’s commuter operation from CSX’s freight operations on
the double track, CSX Trenton Line between Newtown Jct. (M 6.2) and Cheltenham Jct. (MP 9.6). The
project provided for one track dedicated to the CSX’s freight operations and the other track dedicated to
SEPTA’s commuter operation. An upgraded signal system (cab no-wayside train control) was installed
from Newtown Jct. to Fox Chase, providing greater levels of safety.
30th Street to Suburban Station Catenary Improvements ($16,800,000)
This project provides for the
rehabilitation of the Regional Rail
Catenary between the east end of
Suburban Station and the Conrail Highline
just west of 30th Street Station. This
portion of the Regional Rail system
supports all routes, amounting to more
than 590 trains each weekday. The bulk
of the catenary replacement, which
required special track outages, was
completed by July 2003.
Wayne Junction to Glenside Track and Signals ($82, 000,000) (MPMS #59941)
• Package 1:
New motor alternator substations were constructed at Wayne Junction, Jenkintown, and Lansdale.
Phase I was completed in October 2000.
• Package 2:
Phase 2 commenced in April 2002, which includes the signal and track improvement project on the
7.5 mile stretch from Germantown to Glenside, Montgomery County. The project includes a new
communication and signal system, replacement of four major track interlockings, and installation of
two new interlockings. This phase also includes the installation of new bi-directional signaling,
allowing trains to operate in both directions at higher speeds than currently possible. These
enhancements will provide greater operational flexibility and more efficient response to service
disruptions. These improvements will benefit passengers on the R1 Airport, R2 Warminster, R3 West
Trenton, and R5 Lansdale / Doylestown Lines. The project was completed in August 2007.
OTHER REGIONAL RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
Wayne Junction Shop Roof ($2,100,000) (MPMS #60255)
The scope of work for this project includes construction of a new roof system for the Wayne Junction
Shop and Line Maintenance Building. The shop was built in the early 1930’s for the Reading Company,
and currently houses the Silverliner IV fleet vehicle overhaul function. A Notice to Proceed for
construction was issued to USA General Contractors, John J. Bee Mechanical and Mulhern Electric Co. in
September 2004. Construction was completed on June 30, 2005.