To date, SEPTA had already received more than $851 million from the infrastructure law
This funding builds on the $56 million that Casey announced for accessibility upgrades at SEPTA stations
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and John Fetterman (D-PA) announced $30.5 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to construct a new high-level pedestrian platform at Cornwells Heights Station in Bensalem Township. The funding will improve accessibility and safety for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Trenton Line commuters and Amtrak Keystone Service riders.
“The infrastructure law continues to deliver results for Pennsylvanians,” said Senator Casey. “Thanks to the law, SEPTA will be able to keep commuters safe, help them reach their destinations more quickly, and ensure more riders, including those with disabilities, can access public transit. I led the effort to include accessible transit funding in the infrastructure law and I’ll keep working to make transportation more accessible for all Pennsylvanians.”
“Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians rely on SEPTA every day. I’m proud to support expanded transit infrastructure that will strengthen service, help our environment, and boost the local economy,” said Senator Fetterman. “This $30.5 million for SEPTA is a significant investment and will help SEPTA deliver the high-quality transit system that Pennsylvanians deserve.”
SEPTA and Amtrak will match the funding with $11,956,000 and $244,000, respectively. SEPTA will also provide $13,109,000 of other federal funds to the project to round out the $55,809,000 needed for the full project.
Senator Casey has long fought to improve accessibility on public transit for people with disabilities, including through his All Station Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act which aimed to provide grants to legacy transit authorities to bring transit stations into compliance with ADA standards. Thanks to Senator Casey’s efforts, this program was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The Northeast Corridor (NEC) Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (FSP-NEC) program was established by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) to expand intercity passenger rail service and improve rail performance by replacing, repairing, or rehabilitating infrastructure, equipment, and facilities as well as reduce trip times, expand passenger capacity, and improve reliability.