SEPTA officially opened the new West Terminal at 69th Street Transportation Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony today. SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel was joined by elected officials and community leaders for the event.
"For more than 100 years, 69th Street Transportation Center has been an important transit hub for thousands of people traveling to and from Delaware, Philadelphia, Montgomery and Chester counties," Knueppel said. "The construction of the Market-Frankford Line in 1907 was instrumental in the economic growth of Upper Darby and the surrounding community. Now, 109 years later, we believe the new state-of-the-art West Terminal and other projects in the works will serve as similar catalysts for this region, attracting new commercial ventures and visitors to Upper Darby."
69th Street Transportation Center is a multi-modal facility, serving passengers on SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line, Norristown High Speed Line, Trolley Routes 101 and 102 and 18 bus routes. Renovations at West Terminal include:
Reconstructing pedestrian ramps to terminal platforms, the North and Center Platforms and canopies and Center Platform waiting area
Partially reconstructing the South Platform
Replacing track and road surface
Enhancing safety and security efforts by installing cameras
Furthering SEPTA's commitment to sustainability by incorporating design features, including a green wall and green roofs to reduce storm water drainage; energy efficient LED lighting; and architectural elements in the passenger waiting area that will allow for increased natural light and reduced energy use.
The $19.6 million 69th Street Transportation Center West Terminal Improvements Project was part of SEPTA's "Rebuilding for the Future" capital program. The work was funded through the Federal Transit Administration Bus and Bus Facility Livability Grant Program and Pennsylvania Act 89.
"SEPTA has made a great investment in Upper Darby with the West Terminal project," said Upper Darby Township Mayor Thomas Micozzie. "The new, modern, safe and easily accessible facility is great for our residents who rely on SEPTA and can draw even more passengers to the Upper Darby area."