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Amtrak has selected Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia (PIP) to form a master development partnership via ground lease for the renovation of William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.
The key members who will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the station include Plenary Americas USA Ltd., which has partnered with Gilbane Building Co., Johnson Controls Inc. and Vantage Airport Group Ltd.
Gray 30th Street Station, named after the late U.S. Rep. William Gray III, is the third-busiest station in Amtrak's national network. The facility is nearly 100 years old and serves more than 4 million Amtrak riders and more than 8 million combined Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit commuter-rail riders annually.
The master development partnership will restore and highlight the historic nature of the station, while improving riders' experience by adding new new amenities, "reinvigorating" retail and commercial potential, improving and expanding existing office space and enhancing transit and pedestrian traffic flows, Amtrak officials said in a press release.
"While this is certainly a challenging time, the redevelopment of Gray 30th Street Station is part of a core set of essential projects and strategic objectives across all the difference dimensions of [Amtrak] that are critical to our long-term strategy and success, and we are continuing to advance those projects," said Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President Stephen Gardner.
Amtrak's board approved the selection of PIP after a competitive, open procurement process with technical and financial review. The team was selected from a prequalified short list of teams following a request for qualifications in 2018.