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SEPTA begins restoring 70-year-old Suburban Station

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority recently began Phase 1 of the Suburban Station’s $42 million rebuilding project.

As part of Phase 1, SEPTA plans to install six elevators, construct a new entrance at the 16th Street courtyard and begin restoring the station’s waiting room to its original 1930s Art Deco look.

Phase 2 would include more rebuilding of the waiting area and renovation of several corridors. In Phase 3, SEPTA plans to unveil the waiting room and add more retail space.

In addition to restoring the 70-year-old station’s appearance, SEPTA also plans to provide air conditioning and heating throughout, improve the public address system, signage and lighting, double retail space, and improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

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