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Urban Assists SEPTA in Ryers Station Renovation Project
Publication Date
September 3rd 2012

 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) Ryers Station in Philadelphia, PA opened this year after undergoing extensive renovations.


Ryers Station, located on SEPTA’s Fox Chase Regional Rail Line, supports approximately 700 trips beginning or ending at the station each weekday. The $7.9 million federally funded, non-stimulus renovation project enabled the station to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provided additional passenger amenities such as new platform seating, lighting, landscaping, signage, canopies, windscreen, and upgraded parking facilities. Cameras and emergency call boxes were installed in the platform and parking lot to enhance customer security.


SEPTA awarded the Ryers Station project to Urban in December 2008 as part of a task order agreement under a 2007 General Engineering Contract. Urban’s original scope of the project was for geotechnical investigation work, foundation design for a new, 240-foot high level platform, modification of the existing retaining wall, and design of a new retaining wall on the north side of the expanded parking lot on the single track Fox Chase Line. American Geotech, Inc. performed the geotechnical work.


Later, Urban’s scope expanded to include the pre-cast platform, ramps, stairs, and steel canopies. SEPTA performed the architectural design, site layout, grading, drainage, and landscape design. Finally, Urban provided services for the construction phase, including shop drawing review and special inspections for the structural work.