Philadelphia, June 19, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Philadelphia has been named a recipient of a TIGER IV Grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The $12.8 million award will be used to refurbish the SEPTA Wayne Junction Substation though a partnership between the City, SEPTA and PENNDOT. The station was built in 1930 and is in need of repair.
“These federal funds will create good-paying jobs and improve the City’s mass transit system – a double win for Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. “I am grateful to President Obama, Secretary LaHood, Senator Casey and our entire Congressional delegation for their support. The U.S. Department of Transportation recognized the power of a multi-agency partnership to address the state of good repair challenges facing Philadelphia and the region. We are endowed with great transit and bridge infrastructure and this grant will ensure it works well for decades to come.”
The grant will improve infrastructure that supports travel for 28 million vehicle trips and 35 million transit trips per year. A station failure would result in lost service to six regional rail train lines that carry nearly 17.5 million trips per year (60,000 trips per day) into Center City. This announcement marks the fourth time that the City of Philadelphia has applied and been awarded a TIGER Grant to improve infrastructure.
“Bringing infrastructure into a sustainable state of good repair creates jobs, supports economic growth and saves money on costly repairs in the long run,” Senator Bob Casey said. “I fought for this grant to ensure that safe, reliable transportation is available for the Pennsylvania residents and businesses that depend on it.”
Congresswoman Allyson Schwarz said “A robust 21st century transportation and infrastructure system is paramount to our region. I fought for this TIGER grant because of its tremendous potential to strengthen our local economy by creating jobs in the short term and leading to improved commutes and more reliable transportation. The modernization of the 80-year old Wayne Junction substation and 11 area bridges is vitally important, and this grant is a major win for Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania.”
Congressman Chaka Fattah said, “The Wayne Junction Substation in Nicetown is critical to SEPTA’s commuter rail power grid. Like so much of our nation’s infrastructure, this 1920’s-era substation is long past its prime and in desperate need of replacement. This project will bring jobs to North Philadelphia, improved service to SEPTA riders, and it will advance a neighborhood resurgence that includes last year’s dedication of dramatic improvements to North Philadelphia/Wayne Junction Station itself. I wrote Secretary Ray LaHood advocating for this grant and I’ve been fighting for these infrastructure projects as a major element in President Obama’s jobs program, which our economy and our communities desperately need.”
SEPTA Director Joe Casey said, “I am extremely grateful for the hard work of everyone who made this application to improve mobility in the city a success. This was truly a team effort. The Wayne Junction Substation is one of SEPTA’s most critical power distribution facilities, supplying electricity to six SEPTA Regional Rail Lines. I am pleased that funds from this TIGER grant will be going to replace equipment that has been in continuous use since the 1920s and is well past its useful life. This will improve service and reliability for millions of riders annually.”