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SEPTA wraps up Yardley Station improvements
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) yesterday marked the end of an improvement project of the commuter-rail station in Yardley, Pennsylvania.
The $5 million project made the station compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, SEPTA officials said in a press release.
To make the station fully accessible, SEPTA crews installed a high-level boarding platform that replaced an earlier lower-level platform. The new platform makes it possible to berth a six-car train at the station, allowing for more efficient train operations.
Workers also built new ramps and stairs, installed two new weather-protected shelters and update signage and lighting.
SEPTA funded the work with a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant and monies from Pennsylvania's Act 89, the state's transportation funding legislation.
SEPTA also used TIGER funds for its West Trenton separation project, which made way for ADA improvements at the Yardley Station and an upcoming substation replacement at the stop. The latter project calls for replacing 80-year-old infrastructure.
Built in 1876 by the North Pennsylvania Railroad, the Yardley Station serves 350 riders on an average weekday. The stop is situated along SEPTA's West Trenton Regional Rail line.
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