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SEPTA Commemorates Improvements Made to Primos Station

Kristin Geiger
SEPTA Press Officer

"This is a wonderful station, reminiscent of the great train stations from the past," was a shared sentiment amongst the SEPTA representatives, elected officials community leaders and other dignitaries who gathered to celebrate the completion of the $8.3 million Primos Station Reconstruction Project.

The new and improved Primos Station is the result of a coordinated effort to upgrade the station's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and to improve safety and boarding operations. Somewhere along the road to its transformation, the local business community took notice and began promoting close proximity to the new station as a selling point to potential customers.

"With the addition of Primos to our growing list of ADA accessible stations, we've reached another milestone in travel accessibility," SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey said. "Projects like this demonstrate that through wise investment of capital resources and a dedicated team of employees and contractors, we can build transit facilities that are economical and service the needs of our customers-today and for decades to come."

Joanne Drinkard, owner and operator of the Aardvark Childcare and Learning Center adjacent to the station said, "A lot of our parents use this station. They can park, drop their kids off and get on the train. We always mention the station's convenience to our prospective families."

Situated along SEPTA's Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line in Upper Darby Township and Aldan Borough, Primos Station is a vision of modern transportation. Improvements to the Station include; a new station building, installation of a "kiss and ride" drop-off area; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible high-level platforms on the inbound and outbound sides of the station; increased parking; new site accessories including benches, trash and recycling cans, news box pen and bike rack; new bio-filtration system to manage stormwater onsite; and newly landscaped areas. Passengers will also notice the enhanced lighting, signage and audio/visual capabilities.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) contributed $5.2 million to the total cost of the project. "These improvements make it easier, safer and more convenient than ever for commuters, seniors, families with young children, people with disabilities and others to take the train downtown to get to work, to visit shops, restaurants and to reach other destinations," said FTA Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan, who traveled from Washington, D.C. to attend the event.

The station also serves as a connection point for SEPTA's Route 107 Bus. Approximately 386 trips begin or end at Primos Station each weekday. Primos Station renovations began in February 2011 and lasted until January 2013. The existing station was fully operational during construction.

After thanking the community for their patience during construction and his team for their hard work, SEPTA's Deputy General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel explained how the Authority's innovative construction methods created an opportunity to exceed customer expectations.

All work at Primos Station was completed by a combination of SEPTA employees and third party contractors. This is a prime example of a hybrid construction approach, matching SEPTA's in-house work with pre-fabricated elements and leveraging outside experience with the strengths of internal resources to increase overall productivity and cost effectiveness.

"This hybrid approach has evolved to such a degree that we were able to save enough money during construction to add fifty-five additional parking spaces to the outbound side of the station," Knueppel said.

Knueppel added, "Due to an underfunded capital program, the Primos Station Reconstruction project is the last major project for our team. We would love to do more of these projects at other stations throughout our system."

FTA Administrator Therese McMillan speaks during the Primos Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

The new station features ADA accessibility, modern amenities, increased parking and a new station building.

Improvements made to Primos Station were officially commemorated with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on May 16, 2013.

SEPTA, elected offcials, community leaders and other dignitaries celebrated the addition of Primos Station to the Authority's growing list of accessible stations.

AardVark Childcare and Learning Center staff and children took part in the celebration.