Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick today announced a $12.8 million competitive grant award from the US Department of Transportation to SEPTA and PennDOT to be directed to necessary infrastructure improvements in the Philadelphia region.
In addition to other projects authorized by the grant, the upgrade and renovation of the Wayne Junction substation operated by SEPTA will affect the Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster and West Trenton Lines. These lines, which service a number of stations across Bucks County, see a total of nearly 37,000 daily riders and 10.3 million riders each year.
In a letter to Transportation Secretary LaHood, Congressman Fitzpatrick urged investments in Philadelphia region infrastructure projects that sustain mobility in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
"Functional and safe transportation infrastructure is vital to preserving the region's quality of life and economic competitiveness," said Fitzpatrick. "I am proud to have fought for this grant because it will begin to modernize an infrastructure which serves millions of passengers in Bucks and Montgomery Counties every year."
"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," said SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey. "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."