Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan

Amtrak’s master plan for the 30th Street Station District, created in partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT, and SEPTA, and developed by SOM, will realize the long-awaited vision of a bold, fully integrated mixed-use urban district, with a vibrant transportation hub situated at its core.

The historic 30th Street Station is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece perched on the western bank of the Schuylkill River. Guided by studies projecting a sizable uptick in transit activity in the coming decades, SOM has envisioned a sweeping transformation for the building and its surroundings. The plan establishes the framework for a landmark transportation hub that knits together Center City and University City, the two downtown districts powering Philadelphia.

In the proposal—designed in association with WSP, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors—30th Street Station is conceived not only as a gateway to the northeast for the 40,000 passengers who board its trains each morning, but also as an iconic destination filled with places to shop, meet, and eat. For the surrounding district, an improved passenger, driver, pedestrian, and cyclist environment provides cohesion and creates space for new and expanded buildings. Through bold development, an activated public realm, and an expanded transit network, the master plan creates a viable framework for Philadelphia’s next great neighborhood.

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