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Amtrak has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) from master developers interested in making improvements to the railroad's 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.With the release of the RFQ, Amtrak begins a two-phase process that will result in the selection of a preferred developer that will assist in introducing new customer amenities, reinvigorating the retail and commercial potential of the station, enhancing transit and pedestrian circulation, and expanding the station's concourses to accommodate anticipated increases in ridership, Amtrak officials said in a press release."The re-introduction of the RFQ is a significant milestone for Philadelphia, as it represents the next step in realizing the future vision of 30th Street Station," said Amtrak Senior Program Manager Natalie Shieh. "By partnering with the right development team, Amtrak will update this world-class transportation hub for the traveling public and for the city of Philadelphia, its next great neighborhood."Amtrak recently invested more than $85 million on capital projects at the station. Crews refurbished the building facade, made improvements to public restrooms, replaced passenger elevators and escalators, and restored the bronze entrance doors.The historic station serves about 4 million Amtrak passengers and 12 million commuter-rail riders on Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit trains annually. The station is the third busiest in Amtrak's national system.More information on the RFQ can be found on the Amtrak Procurement Portal.
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