“The Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is a transformative master planning effort that developed a comprehensive vision for the future of the 30th Street Station District beginning today and for decades ahead,” said Peter Denitz, principal-in-charge for WSP. “The plan seeks to manage future development through articulation of a long-range collaboration, phasing and investment plan.
The plan for 30th Street Station includes renovation of the underground concourse to SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line.
“Our firm was responsible for the transportation planning efforts to envision a fully integrated, transportation-centered, mixed-use district that brings the city and the station seamlessly together and supports contemporary travel patterns and Philadelphia’s pivotal situation along the Northeast Corridor,” Denitz said.
In addition to the SOM team and the plan sponsors, the district plan was guided by a coordinating committee that included the City of Philadelphia, NJ TRANSIT, CSX Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, University City District and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Denitz said the long-range program was created to enhance and ensure the long-term functionality of one of world’s great train stations and integrate the many modes passing through the station and district, including intercity and commuter rail, subway, trolley, local and intercity buses, bicycles and pedestrians.
“This is a multi-phased program and 40-plus-year vision that encompasses the station, its surrounding community, and the rail yard,” Denitz said. “The plan envisions a revitalized hub that ties together the two major business districts of Philadelphia; an innovation, health and education hub of global stature; and adjacent, diverse neighborhoods of recent and historic vintage.”
The WSP team includes Anna Lynn Smith, who served as the transportation task leader, as well as Kivanc Caglar, Alexis Howland, Mark Walker and James Anderson.