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The New and Improved Center City Concourse


Rain rain go away…

It’s not the rain that’s the problem, as we’ve had some wonderful summer weather lately. It’s the timing.

If you haven’t yet checked Local Happenings this week, now is the time. This weekend is loaded with all sorts of outdoor activities. There are festivals happenings all over the city, from Thursday’s Night Market in Burholme, to Saturday’s Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, and in the south eastern corner of the city, the Italian Market Festival takes over 9th Street on Saturday and Sunday.

Yet, the weather won’t comply.

We’re still holding out hope for street vendors and musical performers alike. Typically each year, the Italian Market Festival boasts some of the nicest spring weather we see, and our fingers are crossed that the meteorologists are wrong, and the Italian Market and South Philly will pull through with sunshine once again.

But just in case that magic isn’t in the air, and instead, it’s just more rain, we come offering ways to keep you dry. Like our new and improved Center City Concourse!

SEPTA's Center City Concourse Program makes significant upgrades to the underground pedestrian tunnel network that connects major transit stations beneath Center City. This 500,000+ square foot space spans from JFK Boulevard to Spruce Street and from 8th Street to 18th Street. The concourse provides access to many businesses, offices, historical points of interest, two PATCO stations for connecting service to South Jersey, and access to SEPTA Regional Rail, Market Frankford, Trolleys, and Broad Street Lines.

The first phase of the Center City Concourse Program began in 2015; this ongoing project will be completed in 2020. Preliminary phases included the replacement of emergency call boxes and upgrades to stairs and lighting fixtures.

During current and future phases, contractors will make structural repairs, remediate leaks, replace lighting fixtures, improve security, and architectural enhancements. The elevator at 8th and Market Sts. will be upgraded and the escalators at 8th Street and 15th Street Stations will be replaced.

Not to mention, the art!

And the colors!

So even during this dreary, rainy spell, stay dry. And use it as an opportunity to scope out the improved underground networks that make up SEPTA’s Center City Concourse.

Let us know what you think of our improvements!

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