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SEPTA Construction Update


Arrott Transportation Center

(Market Frankford Line)


Continuing with the Arrott Station Rehabilitation Project, SEPTA is scheduled to begin demolition of the West Bound Platform and Overpass Stairs.

Beginning Thursday Night, July 14, 2016 through July 2016, 8:00 PM through 4:00 AM – Frankford Avenue between Orthodox and Paul Streets sidewalks will be closed in the demolition area. The area will be cleaned nightly and opened during the day.


Detour Date: Monday, July 18, 2016 through Saturday, July 23, 2016.  Frankford Avenue between Orthodox and Margaret Streets (Southbound only).  Due to construction at Arrott Terminal

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

SEPTA greatly appreciates your patience and understanding while this important construction project is completed.

Contact: Charlene Lewis, SEPTA, Public & Government Affairs, Constituent Relations Coordinator Office: 215-580-3609

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Frankford Business and Professional Association February Meeting

At the first meeting of the FBPA on February 16th, President Diane Richardson kicked off the program with introductions of participants around the table.

Mary Livingston, President of SCORE, made a presentation of the mentoring services and workshops available from their program.  Discussion turned into suggestions for what workshops would be of interest to members and future offerings will be announced as they become available.  Suggested workshops were succession planning, working with the government and finances.

Diana Lu presented on behalf of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses which offers a highly regarded small business boot camp.  Qualified participants, once accepted, are on scholarship but are required to spend a great deal of time dedicated to the program.  Minimum requirements for the business is that it have revenue of at least $150,000 annually and have at least 4 employees.

News at the meeting from Kim Washington of the Frankford CDC and State Representative Jason Dawkins:

With a recent market study in hand, the CDC will work with SEPTA to see what opportunities lie in the area of the Frankford and Arrott Transportation centers for new businesses.  SEPTA will be issuing an RFP for developers to build some new stores along the Avenue in Front of the new building that is rising on the lot between Griscom and Frankford Avenue.  There will also be a location on the lot across the street between Griscom and Penn.  The recent fire has essentially destroyed 12 businesses in the area of the Arrott Transportation center.  That has created vacancies which will need to be filled in the newly rebuilt structures.

Representive Dawkins has talked with Governor Wolf about the fire and has been assured that every effort will be made to connect Frankford with whatever funding sources are available.  Dawkins did point out that it will take some time to sort out who pays for what in the demo and clearing of the land.  The land bank might have to become involved.

There will be a SEPTA picture event for seniors at the Peter Bressi Senior Center (4744 Frankford Avenue) on March 8th.  This will allow seniors to get their SEPTA photo ID in Frankford rather than having to go down to SEPTA headquarters on Market Street.  The new ID will be required for use on the new SEPTA key system later this year.

A free breast cancer screening will be available at Dawkins office (4915 Frankford Ave.) on March 10th.

The next FBPA meeting will be in April at a date and time to be announced.


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Rep. John Taylor to Host SEPTA to Help Seniors Get Free Key Cards

Under SEPTA’s new fare payment and collection system, called SEPTA Key, seniors age 65 and older will continue to ride free at all times on all SEPTA transit services, including buses, trolleys, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line and the Norristown High Speed Line. Regional Rail fares for seniors will continue to be $1 for rides within Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania seniors who possess state-issued photo IDs are automatically eligible to participate in SEPTA’s Seniors Ride Free Program. There is nothing to sign up for, and unexpired driver’s licenses or state-issued IDs can be swiped at the turnstile or onboard a vehicle.

Seniors who do not want to use their driver’s license can register and have their picture taken for the new, free SEPTA Key Senior ID card.

Seniors who wish to sign up for SEPTA’s Key Senior ID card will be able to apply for one and have their photos taken at the district office of Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia).

“SEPTA is transitioning to a cashless SEPTA Key fare program,” Taylor said. “My office will be available to help seniors apply for a special card and have their photos taken without having to travel to a SEPTA sales location.”

A SEPTA representative will be at Taylor’s Port Richmond office at 2901 E. Thompson St. on March 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please call 215- 425-0901 to make an appointment. Seniors are asked to bring a valid state-issued photo ID card with their birth date.