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Celebrations Mark Completion Of Major Renovation Projects

Andrew Busch
SEPTA Press Officer

SEPTA recently held a pair of events to highlight overhauls to two customer facilities in Philadelphia.

Work has been completed recently on the new Parkside Bus Loop and the Ryers Station, and SEPTA officials gathered with elected officials, dignitaries and community members to celebrate the improvements made.

The Parkside Bus Loop was funded by a $2.2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The loop serves nearly 1,100 riders daily on bus routes 43, 64 and 52.

The project involved both construction and relocation. The loop was moved from its former location at 49th Street and Parkside Avenue - its home for nearly a century - to 1551 North 50th Street to better serve the community.

The new loop is now located at the heart of new development in the community, such as Park West Town Center, which features a large supermarket, a major home-improvement retailer, and a mix of smaller shops that specialize in a variety of products and services.

The new loop also includes modern passenger amenities, and is fully accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"We're proud to be able to offer a state-of-the-art facility to our customers at the Parkside Bus Loop," said SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey. "We look forward to being part of the progress of this community for years to come."

The Ryers Station project has brought major improvements to 700 daily customers. The station serves the Fox Chase Regional Rail Line, and provides connections to bus routes 24, 70 and 77.

Under a $7.9 million renovation project, SEPTA brought the station into the 21st century with a full slate of upgrades for customers, such as new platforms, seating and lighting. A ramp was also added to make the station accessible under ADA standards.

"Ryers Station is a community cornerstone," Casey said. "We are thrilled to be able to provide our customers with a modernized, safe and accessible facility thanks to the work done under this project."

For more information about the Parkside Bus Loop project, click here.

For more information about the Ryers Station project, click here.

SEPTA GM Joseph M. Casey and Pa. State Sen. Vincent Hughes at the Parkside Bus Loop ribbon cutting on May 16, 2012.

Casey speaks at the Ryers Station.

The ribbon cutting at Ryers Station on May 23, 2012.

A Regional Rail train pulls in at Ryers Station.

A look inside the new passenger shelter at the Parkside Bus Loop.