Lansdale, local dignitaries mark opening of new 9th Street rail station
By Dan Sokil, The Reporter
The newest SEPTA station on its Regional Rail network is now open.
Local dignitaries marked the opening of the new 9th Street rail station on Monday morning with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and spoke on the combined efforts of the borough, the Lansdale Parking Authority, and Stoltz Real Estate Partners that made the station a reality.
“This is a true public-private-partnership. Cooperation on this initiative has been extraordinary and the new station facilities will be a catalyst for smart growth opportunities in Lansdale,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel.
On hand for the opening of the new station included U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-13th District, State Rep. Bob Godshall, R-53rd District, Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Bruce Castor Jr., and numerous borough council and Parking Authority members.
The new station has been under construction since early spring and features 78 permanent and 125 temporary parking spaces, all free for users while a SEPTA parking garage is under construction near the Lansdale train station. The new station features an ADA accessible high platform, a weather-protected shelter, modern LED lighting and signs, and landscaping and stormwater management features around the complex. The station is adjacent to an extension of Ninth Street built by the borough and funded by the parking authority in conjunction with Stoltz, the owner of the industrial property just west of the station. Traffic signs near the new station have been modified to allow drivers on Ninth Street the right-of-way past the new station.
Funding for the $1.8 million station was made possible by Act 89, the state transportation bill of 2013, which provides $360 million for capital improvements for transit agencies statewide, according to SEPTA.
“Transit users expect and deserve a safe and modern system, and Act 89 is helping transit providers across the state make long-awaited improvements possible,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards in a statement from SEPTA.
“I applaud SEPTA for quickly putting these investments to work and for their vision of much-needed improvements to come,” she said.