DRPA seeking federal money to reopen Franklin Square Station

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DRPA seeking federal money to reopen Franklin Square Station

Postby zebrasepta » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:19 pm

CAMDEN – The Delaware River Port Authority will apply for a federal grant to finance half of the estimated $26.4 million cost to reopen the Franklin Square Station of its PATCO transit line.


Reopening the station on the line between South Jersey and Philadelphia will require physical and technological upgrades. Located at the western side of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge between 6th and 7th streets, it was closed 39 years ago due to declining ridership to and from that station.
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Re: DRPA seeking federal money to reopen Franklin Square Sta

Postby mcgrath618 » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:41 pm

Hopefully the current administration will give them the money they need.
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Re: DRPA seeking federal money to reopen Franklin Square Sta

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:58 pm

How much of the station shell remains intact? Would the $26 million require rebuilding the existing station shell into a new station or moderate upgrades (installation of elevators, recondition of existing platforms) would be acceptable?
Since my friend continues to chain smoke nonstop, she is probably an Alco.
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Re: DRPA seeking federal money to reopen Franklin Square Sta

Postby Patrick Boylan » Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:25 am

From what I and thousands of others can see from the train the existing station at track level is intact. One should be able to assume that the rest of the station that's out of view from the tracks is in no worse shape.
I think I remember that the $26 million figure includes not only elevators at the existing stairways, but new stairs and elevators on the south side of Race St.
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Re: DRPA seeking federal money to reopen Franklin Square Sta

Postby dcipjr » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:40 am

They've been talking about reopening this station since, what, 2009? I'll believe it when I see it.
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Re: DRPA seeking federal money to reopen Franklin Square Sta

Postby mcgrath618 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:40 am

dcipjr wrote:They've been talking about reopening this station since, what, 2009? I'll believe it when I see it.

This is a lot different than "talking about it." This is PATCO applying for money to actually do it. This is as close to it reopening as it ever has been.
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