President's American Jobs Act could create many more jobs rebuilding greater Philadelphia's aging transportation systems
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BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff was in Croydon today for the official ribbon cutting of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) Croydon regional rail transit station. The station, which has had major, state-of-the-art upgrades, was completed with the help of $8.5 million from the Obama Administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as $11 million in additional FTA funding.
"Strengthening and modernizing Pennsylvania's transit systems is generating thousands of construction-related jobs and putting more money in the pockets of working Americans," said Secretary LaHood. "But we must do more. Congress needs to pass the transportation provisions in the American Jobs Act as soon as possible so we can continue to invest in critically needed projects like this one, and to repair and rebuild our nation's transportation systems."
The new Croydon Station improvements include new platforms to make the stations and trains more accessible, especially for disabled passengers, stairways between the platforms, new shelters for passengers waiting for trains and buses, and an overall better multi-modal experience, including expanded commuter parking.
Administrator Rogoff spoke about the need for Congress to pass the transportation piece of the American Jobs Act, which would fund badly-needed projects in Pennsylvania and the country and put thousands of Americans back to work.
"This gleaming station is one of 32 projects that SEPTA has been able to undertake with a big boost from the Recovery Act, which has helped create jobs in the region—247 from this project alone—and bring better transportation choices to Southeastern Pennsylvania," Rogoff said. "The American Jobs Act will keep this momentum going throughout the Philadelphia region and its suburbs because there's a lot of work to be done."
Croydon Station, which is 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia on SEPTA's Trenton Line, has nearly 300 boardings on an average weekday.