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9/10/2014



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SEPTA completes upgrades at City Hall, 15th Street stations


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) recently unveiled new entrances, fare lines, elevators and other amenities for riders who use the City Hall and 15th Street stations in Philadelphia.

Completed last week, the work will benefit commuters who access transit services beneath the newly renovated Dilworth Park, SEPTA officials said in a press release. The work is the first step in the agency's long-term overhaul of the two stations, which serve riders on the Market-Frankford, Broad Street and City Trolley lines, they said.

SEPTA marked completion of the $12.5 million "City Hall Early Action Phase" in conjunction with the Center City District's Dilworth Park project. Work to modernize SEPTA's City Hall and 15th Street Stations will continue in phases in the coming years, agency officials said.

"The City Hall and 15th Street Stations are true cornerstones for mass transit in Philadelphia, and with this project, will continue to be for future generations," said General Manager Joseph Casey.

Highlights of the Early Action Phase included the installation of three elevators to provide access to the 15th Street stations on the Market-Frankford and Trolley lines; two new fare lines equipped for the new payment technology fare modernization project; architectural finishes, energy efficient lighting, structural repairs and waterproofing; safety and security improvements; and audio/video public-address systems and new signage, including electronic message boards.



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