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SEPTA begins renovation work at 69th Street Station


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has begun work on its $19.6 million West Terminal improvements project at the 69th Street Station, agency officials announced yesterday.

Renovations to the 105-year-old station include reconstructing pedestrian ramps and terminal platforms, partially reconstructing the South Platform, and enhancing safety and security efforts by installing cameras.

"The improvements we are making at the West Terminal will ensure that those customers will have a restored and modernized place where they can catch our buses and trolleys," said Joseph Casey, general manager of SEPTA.

About 35,000 people use the station daily.

Part of SEPTA's "Rebuilding for the Future" capital campaign, the renovation work received funding from Pennsylvania Act 89 and the Federal Transit Administration.

The entire West Terminal will close June 15, with work expected to be completed in November. Shuttle buses will temporarily replace some trolley routes in the interim.

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