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Joint Statement from Congressman Boyle & Amtrak on 30th Street Station Flip Board

January 24, 2019
Press Release

Tonight, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) and David Handera, Amtrak’s Vice President for Stations, Facilities, Properties and Accessibility released the following update regarding ongoing efforts to replace the Solari split-flap sign in the William H Gray III 30th Street Station:
“I appreciate Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to meeting this challenge with a solution that honors the history of 30th Street Station and ensures a safe, enjoyable experience for all passengers,” said Congressman Boyle.  “Accessibility is of paramount importance.  However, at 30th Street Station, there is tremendous opportunity to achieve these aims in a manner that also retains the iconic character of the Solari sign – of which thousands of passengers have spoken out in support.  I remain committed to continuing my advocacy with Amtrak to achieve such a resolution.”
“The new Passenger Information Display System is necessary to help us modernize the station, comply with ADA-law and sync the main board with the gate boards, which will improve the overall customer experience for our Philadelphia customers,” said Mr. Handera. “We too have a deep appreciation for the board as part of our history and are working with Congressman Boyle and other leaders to make sure this board has a temporary home at The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania until it can be reincorporated into the station for everyone to enjoy.”
The Solari Board will be taken down this weekend. Temporary boards with train information have already been installed and will be supplemented by Amtrak staff that will be on hand to direct customers. The new Passenger Information Display System installation will be complete in late February.
The William H Gray III 30th Street Station Solari split-flap board was installed in the 70s to replace a chalkboard.  The sign and its signature click-clack sound have come to symbolize the city and its history to Philadelphia residents and visitors alike.  It is the last analog train schedule board at any Amtrak station across the nation
Amtrak is actively seeking a master developer partner for Gray 30th Street Station to assist in introducing new customer amenities, reinvigorating the retail and commercial potential of the station and other customer improvements, and anticipates naming a final Best Value Proposer in late 2019.