Niki Gianakaris | DrexelNOW

James Willamor / FlickrPennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch visited Drexel University on Thursday, Oct. 30 to announce a $2.5 million award from the Commonwealth to support the “Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan.” The plan represents one of the best opportunities in the region for re-envisioning rail and transit services and supporting transportation-oriented development for urban transformation and growth.

With the demand for passenger rail continuing to rise coupled with the increasing commercial growth of West Philadelphia, principal stakeholders Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University and SEPTA together with a host of area stakeholders are embarking on a joint planning effort for the 30th Street Station district.

The plan’s objective is to formulate a vision for the 30th Street Station district that addresses current conditions within the existing station, identifies commercial development opportunities including the potential development of air rights above the rail yards, and creates the long-term capacity for trains, passenger and connecting modes to accommodate the anticipated growth in services and demand. Read more