Amtrak pitches $6.5B redevelopment in Philadelphia

Last week, officials with Amtrak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Drexel University jointly announced plans for a $6.5 billion redevelopment in Central Philadelphia. The goal of the project is to create a second downtown area of the city, according to those officials. The project would be centered around the transformation of the 30th Street Train Station into a multi-modal transportation hub. The station would continue to serve as the main Amtrak intercity rail station for the region, but it also would become the primary intercity bus terminal.

A new facility would be constructed on the station’s north side to serve as the bus station, and that construction would require the relocation of exit ramps connecting Interstates 76 and 676 to the station. That portion of the project is already undergoing a feasibility study.

Another construction project would build a new underground concourse to connect the SEPTA subway station at 30th Street to the Amtrak station. The concourse project is in the preliminary engineering stage.

Amtrak also plans to create a new gateway park surrounding the station along the Schuylkill River.