30th Street Station Reopens West Plaza

Tomorrow, 30th Street Station in Philadelphia will reopen its West Plaza unveiling upgrades to the third busiest station in the country. If you sing Fly, Eagles Fly every Sunday or if you just frequent the City of Brotherly Love, you’ll definitely enjoy these new features.

Improved connectivity makes you a happy traveler and we get that.  That’s why we've added nine new bike racks to the West Plaza. But wait there’s more! The City of Philadelphia will add six more bike racks on the 29th Street side of the station creating a total of (drum roll please), nearly 150 new spaces.

Improved energy efficient LED lighting means increased security and safer walking conditions for the students, faculty and staff that frequent the station from Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, along with all of the University City neighborhood residents.

Drivers, we want to keep you happy too. That’s why the West Plaza now has 14 new spaces on Little Market Street, expanded vehicle lanes and more kiosk-based metered parking.

It may not seem ideal in the colder weather, but our enhanced outdoor seating will be a welcomed addition in the warmer months. Amtrak riders and 30th Street Station visitors will now benefit from expanded outdoor seating, landscaping and overall a prettier West Plaza. To answer your question, yes we think we’re fancy.

Want more information? Watch this video about the other upgrades to the 30th Street Station West Plaza.  Have comments about the newly renovated portion of the 30th Street station? Let us know in our comment section below.

Photos and video by: Urban Engineers.

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6 comments
Baloo Uriza
Baloo Uriza

That's not the good kind of bike rack, most people find them somewhere between farking obnoxious and completely unusable.  Please replace those with some staple racks that are actually usable by most bicycles.  Not everybody rides tiny road bikes.  Especially people who are going to be utility riding to a train station.  Basically, take some heavy pipe, bend it into a staple shape, set it in concrete.  Voila!  Two bicycle spaces!  Need more?  Install parallel 6 feet apart, at least 3 feet from any obstructions, in a row, similar to car parking spaces.  Optional:  Paint a six foot long stripe equidistant between staples, no less than three feet from either staple.  Basically, if you're not providing at least a 6' x 3' box with something solid to lock to centered on the middle of the length, justified on the outside edge, you're doing it wrong, and you're discouraging people from biking to the station and/or using the approved bicycle parking area.

jkpsr
jkpsr

It is a sin that the tunnel that allowed all-weather access to SEPTA Market Street Line was removed. This is one more example of how the US does not get public transportation. Another is the lack of a down escalator to NJT tracks. Another is the lack of all weather access to either end of the new River Line in NJ.

rittenhouse
rittenhouse

Well, the most obvious omission here is a direct link from 30th St. Station to the Market-Frankford Subway line!  At one time there was a tunnel linking the two. 

donoltmann
donoltmann

@jkpsr How about extending the AC trains to the Phila Airport?  Now, wouldn't that be useful!

donoltmann
donoltmann

@rittenhouse I used to use it in the late 70s.  It was pretty terrible, but beat getting rained on.

BruceGrant
BruceGrant

@rittenhouse - The tunnel is still there, but the space where the former escalator went  up to 30th Street Station is now buried under the rent-paying Bridgewater's Pub.

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