SEPTA commences first ASAP grant project in nation at Erie Station

SEPTA commences first ASAP grant project in nation at Erie Station Image credit: SEPTA

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has broken ground on a new project that will make the Broad Street Line Erie Station fully accessible and deliver modern amenities for customers. The project is scheduled to be completed in summer 2026. 

The Erie Station ADA Project is the first station accessibility project in the nation to advance to construction with funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP). ASAP provides funding for the nation’s oldest rail transit systems to make stations accessible to people with disabilities.

When completed, the $38 million project will make Erie Station fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act. Work includes the installation of a new elevator from street level to the station mezzanine and new elevators from the mezzanine to the northbound and southbound platforms. Other planned improvements to the station include:

  • Reconstructed cashier booth and fare lines;
  • Stairway and entrance improvements and platform modifications;
  • New lighting and other electrical improvements;
  • Enhanced security features including ADA-compliant communications system upgrades with emergency call boxes and HD security cameras;
  • Structural improvements (mezzanine beams);
  • New station architectural finishes;
  • Drainage and waterproofing improvements; and
  • Streetscape improvements to the Broad-Germantown-Erie (BGE) triangle, in partnership with the City of Philadelphia.

The Erie Station ADA Project is one of six SEPTA station accessibility projects that will be supported by ASAP funding. Located two blocks from Temple University Hospital, Erie Station provides connections to six SEPTA Bus Routes.

Source: SEPTA