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SEPTA Tokens on the Way Out

Say bye bye to SEPTA tokens.  This is the beginning of the end, starting next month  Get the details at the link below.

SEPTA to phase out tokens at subway stations – Story | WTXF

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Transit officials in Philadelphia say they will begin phasing out sales of tokens at subway stations next month.

Source: SEPTA to phase out tokens at subway stations – Story | WTXF

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Get Ready for More Construction on the Boulevard


Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that the notice to proceed has been issued to AP Construction, Inc. for the construction of sidewalk improvements and site work related to ten (10) bus station plazas along Roosevelt Boulevard. Construction work for this project will begin on or about July 31, 2017.

The project includes the construction of local and express bus shelters and plazas, located along the Roosevelt Boulevard at five intersections: Cottman Avenue, Rhawn Street, Welsh Road, Grant Avenue, and Red Lion Road.  The work will include new curbs, improved pedestrian lighting, enhanced seating, improved information boards, and new ADA ramps at the intersections of Roosevelt Boulevard & Grant Avenue and Red Lion Road.

The amount of the construction contract is approximately $2.5M, and it is being funded through a federal grant.  First phase of construction is expected to be completed in fall 2017, and remaining work is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

The Streets Department is pleased to bring improved transit amenities to Roosevelt Boulevard.  It also thanks citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation during the upcoming construction phase.

See explanation from SEPTA on what this is all about at this link.

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More Construction on the Way to Frankford Avenue

Seth Haffner P.E., Project Manager-Transit for SEPTA talked about the ongoing reconstruction of the Arrott Transportation Center at the Frankford Business and Professional Association meeting at Aria Jefferson Hospital on February 21st.  They are doing their best to minimize traffic disruption but at the least there will be times when one side of the Avenue or the other will be closed to traffic due to the construction overhead.  It will all result in a modern transit station but until then keep an eye out for the closures.  Follow this link for more information from SEPTA.
At the same time the City Streets Department is working on relighting the area under the El with LEDs similar to what are now in use at Front and Girard.  The result is a much brighter and safer area.  Plans are not finalized but the project is underway.  Follow this link to find out more about the benefits of LED lighting.
Natalie Cramer from the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians  made a presentation on what services they provide.
Ronald Ryan of Townwatch Integrated Services updated the group on the services they provide and looked to get more business involvement.
The next meeting of the FBPA will be in April at a date, time and location to be announced.
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Frankford CDC Awarded Grant for Transportation Study

Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the Frankford CDC a grant of $132,755 from their Multimodal Transportation Fund to go toward a transportation study of the transit-oriented development site near the Frankford Transportation Center.

The Frankford CDC is pleased to announce that in July 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development selected the CDC as one of 103 awardees from across the state for a grant from their Multimodal Transportation Fund. The award of $132,755 will go toward a transportation study of the area around the Frankford Transportation Center, SEPTA surface employee parking lot at Griscom and Pratt Streets, and the parcel at Frankford Avenue and Pratt Street where SEPTA is currently constructing their ancillary control center and employee facilities.

This study will be a crucial part of the Frankford CDC’s pre-development work on a transit-oriented development project. SEPTA’s Board issued a Finding of Special Opportunity this past fall giving permission for their employee parking lot and part of the parcel fronting Frankford at Pratt Street to be used for a development including a new fresh food market and small retail. SEPTA is currently drafting an RFP, with input from the Frankford CDC, that will be modeled after the 69th Street project.

Please feel free to reach out to Ellie Devyatkin at the Frankford CDC by phone (215-743-6580) or email ( with any questions.

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SEPTA Update on the Arrott Transportation Center

SEPTA is scheduled to begin Demolition of the West Bound Platform and Overpass Stairs beginning Monday Night, August 1st throughout August, 2016 8:00 PM through 4:00 AM on Frankford Avenue between Orthodox and Paul Streets.  Sidewalks will be closed in the demolition area.  The area will be cleaned nighty and opened during the day.

Monday, August 1, 2016 thru Saturday,  August 6, 2016 detours will be in effect.

Route 3 – Westbound via Griscom Street:  Left/Unity St., Right/Frankford Ave., regular route.

Route 5 – Southbound via Griscom Street:  Left/Unity St., Right/Frankford Ave., regular route.

Route MFO (This refers to the night owl buses) – Westbound via Pratt Street:  Right/Griscom St., Left/Unity St., Right/Frankford Ave., regular route.